Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Being A Light Giver and Shining Like the Stars


I was on my way to Isaiah when I reached for my Bible and it randomly fell open to Daniel 12. It caught my eye, partly because our pastor preached from there on Sunday, and partly because of one phrase. "Those who have insight." 

"And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3 nasb

Imagine this: The pastors who lead us to righteousness, and those who understand Scripture and teach us well, will be distinguishable in eternity. They will shine brightly. The word translated as "shine brightly" means to literally give off light. 

I know this is silly, but for a moment, I imagined having to wear sunglasses when I talk with Pastor Scooter in heaven. Our good pastors and teachers will shine that brightly. Their life's effort of understanding the Word of God and teaching it will be visible for all to see.

The sunglasses thought ricocheted my brain straight over to our Global missionaries. They literally spend their lives leading the many to righteousness, and they sacrifice mightily to do it. We, in this country, cannot begin to imagine the difficulty of their lives, nor the hardships they endure. One day, those sweet, sacrificing missionaries will "shine brightly like the stars forever and ever," and we will probably stand in awe at the light they emit.

What about us? If we want to be light-givers in eternity, we must be light-givers here on earth. We must share the light of Christ within us to those in darkness. We must study our Bibles in order to gain understanding and insight. We must be light-givers now. 

Today, let's make a fresh commitment to pursue understanding and insight in Scripture and to encourage others to walk in righteousness. Be a light-giver now.

"And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3 nasb
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