Behold The Star!

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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2: 1-2 KJV

 

The star that the wise men saw was not an ordinary star. It was His star. The star announcing the birth of the Messiah. The one who would take away the sin of the world. It was the light of one whom the prophets spoke about. Centuries had passed and they were alive to witness it all!  This caravan of learned men, bearing gifts, made their way to Bethlehem, to see this child. By the time they arrived, he was 3 years old.  What kept them going as they travelled over all types of terrain and weather conditions?  Why didn’t they falter in the heat of the day or the coolness of the night air? They followed this star for three years! Who does that and why? It was the light of the star and the Promise that lay beneath it.

Today, that Promise, that Light, that Star is within us. Inside every believer is that Light that can never be extinguished.  But life can be hard, gruesome, unkind, and unrelenting at times. Even the best of us waver and lose focus on the Light within, giving way to situations and circumstances that seem to choke the life out of hope.  Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, financial hardship, or health issues, our “Herods” want to find the source of our Light and quench it forever. Just as Herod the King really wanted to kill the Christ child, Satan’s task is to kill our hope once and for all.

Our only recourse is to focus on that Light, but we cannot force ourselves to focus.  If we could, we would have succeeded by now. The key is the source of the Light and it can be found in this verse of scripture:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 KJV

The key to this whole verse is that God’s love for us caused an action on His part. He gave. Yes, giving is part of our DNA. It’s the reason our faces light up when we see the smile on someone else’s face as a result of our gift . It’s the joy we feel, not expecting anything in return, while walking away more blessed than the recipient. What if we were to turn the tables on our own tragedies like the woman whose son was killed in the line of duty as a police officer. She had every reason to literally stop living.  I can’t imagine losing a child.  But she chose to give by feeding the other police officers every year for Thanksgiving at her house until she was 70 years old. What a blessing!

Christmas can be a tough time for many people and believers are not exempt from the trials of life.  But instead of focusing on “What do the lonely do at Christmas?”;  How about being a blessing to  someone else. It could be something as simple as a smile, a hug, a listening ear, a sandwich to a stranger; paying for someone’s meal, or groceries; There’s no greater gift than the one we have inside of us!  Let’s “Give Love on Christmas Day!” And when we Behold the Star, it alters our perspective!

 

 

 

A Complete Set

crayola-crayonsThe manufacturer “Crayola”  specifically identified each color crayon that would be included in a particular set or box.  These colors were not just arbitrarily chosen at random, but there was a plan for each member of the set. They were chosen with respect to how they would be used in a particular market.  Just as a rainbow has many colors, so does the world have just as many kinds of people. No two people are the same, but collectively in a “set place” they can accomplish any goal.  Colors bring new reflective light to a portrait.  Each color adds significantly to the overall picture. No one color is more important to the set, for if one were missing, it would not be complete and could not be placed in stores for sale to the public.  When you are missing from your local fellowship of believers, an important element goes lacking.  The ministry cannot do its job effectively because your unique talents and gifts are gone. 

What if the color white decided not to show up because it felt inferior to the rest of the set, or maybe blue turned its nose up on white, causing white to stay home? Who would color the clouds in the coloring book?  Black couldn’t do it, neither could green or brown. Clouds are something that can only be colored by white. Every element of the set is important; just as every member that God has set in a particular body of believers.  God has placed you there for a purpose and only He can change your assignment.  Not only should you recognize your importance to your church , but so should each member value one another.  If orange is missing, someone should be concerned.  If there is any place where members should feel loved, shouldn’t it be the church? I believe that many of our congregations are not growing because we don’t now how to treat the members we already have. Can we really expect God to give us more people to abuse? Just as it is the goodness of the Lord that leads one to repentance, it is the love of the”bretheren” in the local fellowship that draws others and maintains those already there. Together we can reflect the brilliance and clarity of the rainbow of God so that others will be drawn to its marvelous light.

Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message)
Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here to be salt seasoning that brings out the God flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
Here’s another way to put it. You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you here on a hilltop, on a light stand— shine. Keep open house. Be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in Heaven.

Well said. Salt has two functions. The first is a preservative. We are to perseve the nature of God in the earth. Salt is also a flavor enhancer. The world should taste our flavor and say “The Lord is Good!”
We are the light of the world. We don’t have little lights, we have the light of God within us. Our motivation for what we do should be the same as God—Love. For God so loved the world that he gave… We so love our fellow man, and we give…
Salt and Light— preserving, enhancing, and illuminating our world for the Kingdom of God.

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