Faith Column: This kind of 'star' lasts forever

Some years ago there were two popular television programs featuring talent competitions - "Star Search" and "You Can Be A Star." Both programs had a long waiting list of contestants who wished to appear on the program and compete against other talented artists. The one with the most consecutive number of wins would be awarded prize money, and even a recording or film contract. Hard work and determination paid off as some went on to become "stars."

Though rising to fame and popularity may be the highest ambition of some young people, the truth remains that they will not shine forever. One day, they will either burn out, or their popularity will fade in the light of another rising star.

The Bible, on the other hand, speaks of stars that will shine forever, never growing dim nor burning out. In the book of Daniel we read: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever." (Daniel 12:3)

Obviously, God's idea of stardom differs from that of the world. He does not base stardom on our ability to sing, dance or play a musical instrument. Rather, stardom is based upon whether or not we reflect the light of His Son in the midst of a world filled with darkness.

In the book of Genesis we find that the stars are mentioned as a part of God's creation of the universe. Along with the sun and moon, "God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth." (Genesis 1:17)

Jesus, in speaking to His disciples, said: "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)

Imagine! We, who are in Christ Jesus, are the "light of the world." He, of course, is the True Light, and we are a reflection of Him. Lost mankind is able to find their way to Christ when they see Him in our daily life.

Jesus told His disciples, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Me" (John 12:32) He was of course speaking of His crucifixion; yet, He was also speaking of our witness. If we lift Him up through daily living, others will be drawn to Him.

Do you want to be a "star" who shines forever? Forget worldly stardom, because it does not last forever. However, pointing man to Jesus will!