Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.
Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
Paul’s in chains.
But he’s not worried about himself; he’s worried about his spiritual offspring
He’s nudging, prodding, encouraging, commanding – he’s pulling out all the stops for the “end game” of having them do what they need to do to “win the race.”
in EVERYTHING: prefer others interests over yours
In EVERYTHING: don’t grumble and don’t argue,
in EVERYTHING: put no confidence in the flesh
Hold on to the Word of Life – nothing else.
Be a star shining in this dark, dark world.
I’ve love the stars.
Growing up in a big city that outshone the night sky, it was only during our summer family camping trips that the universe opened to me in all its twinkling majesty. And I could lay for hours watching their beauty painted across Night’s canvas.
Even still, Starlight speaks to the deep part in me like nothing else.
When first I met the Bright and Morning Star, and learned to snuggle close, I heard the whisper of His love,
“You are Starlight, Jane… a piece of me. And I will teach you to shine in the darkness.”
It’s been a long journey, and I have definitely not always shone so brightly (that’s for sure!) But this morning, watching Venus sparkle bold and bright above the eastern sky, I hear His clear directions –
and I sense the Hope of the impossible
become the possible
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, everything
(bring everything to him with prayer)
so that you may become blameless and pure,
children of God
without fault in a warped and crooked generation.
Do this and you will shine among them like stars in the sky
as you hold firmly
– anchored, tethered, grounded –
to the Word of life.
Lord, I need your spiritual power – the twinkle of all things possible – to do these practical things. Keep teaching me to shine like a star for you. Open my ears and I will listen…Open my mind and I will understand… Open my heart and I will obey.