Shining Star

Do you desire a good reputation? Do you want to stand out among the crowd? Would you like people to say what a good person you are? Are you willing to stand out? Are you willing to put in the effort? Are you willing to follow Jesus?

Most of us want people to say good things about us. We want people to look up to us. We want people to say we are a good example for others to follow. Unfortunately, not all of us are willing to give up the faulty views of the world.

We often follow the crowd. We go along with what is popular. We go to the popular restaurants. We go to the popular stores. We watch the popular television shows. We follow the popular sports teams. We do what allows us to fit in.

We take on the popular views. Perhaps the views of our friends. Perhaps the views of our family. We may even take on the views we see in the news or social media. Doing this allows us to fit in with a peer group we long to be with.

Where does that get us? It makes us one of the crowd. We become as bland as everyone around us. We become part of the herd. We are just another person moseying down the same path as everyone else. We don’t stand out. We don’t obtain the good reputation we desire. We live a vanilla life.

To stand out among others, to gain a good reputation, we must be different. We must become blameless. We must become pure. We must break away from the corruption that is all around us. In order to shine as we were meant to, we must follow a different path. We must follow the example of Jesus.

All our complaining, arguing, and disgruntlement simply makes us part of the world. To stand out, we must give thanks to God for everything we have, for all our experiences, for His wonderful blessings. To be an attractive person who others want to follow, we must be better than the world we live in. We must shine like a star.

I pray we all desire a good reputation. I pray we want to stand out from the crowd. I pray each of us decides to follow God and become a shining star. Give thanks to God. Show others what it means to follow Jesus. Be a shining star. Hold firmly to God’s Word.

Philippians 2:14-16a 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.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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