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Shine like stars

Philippians 2:15

We think of the contrast between the light of the stars and the darkness of the sky round them. That reminds us of the difference that there should be between Christians, and the evil people in this world. God’s people should be sincere and honest in their attitudes, and innocent in their behaviour. They should not join with evil people in their wicked schemes (Psalm 1:1), in doubts, and when they (the evil people) complain against God (2:14).

Christians must be different because they are the children of God (John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14-16). The children of a good father should learn to imitate the way that their father behaves (Proverbs 4:1-12; Matthew 5:44-48). So, God’s children should learn to do what is right and good and kind. They should do these things in a world where so many people prefer to follow wrong and evil behaviour.

In the Bible, light is a frequent word-picture for the knowledge of God. Therefore light is also a word-picture for right and good behaviour (Proverbs 4:18-19). It is the knowledge of God that brings about that right behaviour in the lives of Christians (Ephesians 5:8-14). So, Christ compared the good deeds of God’s people to light in this world (Matthew 5:14-16). As people see the light, so other people will see the right behaviour of Christians. That brings honour to God; and it may even cause other people to turn to God.

Paul encouraged Christians to have simple attitudes about what is right or wrong (2 Corinthians 4:2). He urged them not to use clever schemes to try to get what they wanted. Instead, Christians should be honest; and they should trust God to provide what they need (4:19).

Next part: Christians must stand for the gospel (Philippians 2:16)


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