Shine like Stars!

"For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life - in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." Philippians 2:13-16
   I love these verses! The words are so motivating to me. I want to be able to live out the first verse everyday. But the part that really catches my eye is when Paul admonishes us to "shine like stars"... wow. What girl wouldn't want to have that said about her? I would love to overhear someone saying about me, "she really shines like the stars." Wouldn't you? Yet this is our calling in Christ! This is obtainable by all of us in Jesus. 
   Let me explain a little why the stars do shine. Since I'm not a scientist I will cite a quote from the Lansing State Journal 1992, "The energy released in the star’s center makes its way to the surface, where it is radiated into space as light, heat x-rays, ultraviolet light and radio waves." The energy inside the star can't be contained and makes its way outside where it bursts into the universe as a great and twinkling light! That is a perfect definition of us as followers of Jesus Christ! In John 8:12 Jesus said, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Where does that light come from? John tells us again, later in 1 John 1:5, "God is light." When we accept the gift of salvation Christ comes to live inside of us. He is God, so He is light! Light comes to live in us, and we need to be so excited and energetic about it that the light makes its way to our surface and bursts out of us!
    As we are shining like the stars, Philippians further states that we are to "hold out the word of life". We are to share the good news of Christ to all who don't know. They need this wonderful knowledge that we already have. "His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6 God gave us the light in our hearts for He is the light in us. Through this He has given us the beautiful knowledge of the word of life. We are to let that light shine out for all to see and share the gospel so that they might receive the word of life and receive the light themselves. Then another star will be added to the family and we can all shine together...
"Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16