A Multitude of Stars

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.”And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

Genesis 1:14-19

Lights in the sky…to guide us, mark sacred times and time itself. All placed, with purpose, by God himself.

I think that there was tremendous significance when God referenced Abraham’s offspring as stars.

He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15:5

Yes, they were as numerous as stars. But, it seems to me that if you look at the Bible through a wide lense, we can mark many sacred events, historically significant times and even the future by Abraham’s descendants- much like the stars in the sky.

Then, there’s THE star- the one we think about during the Christmas season.

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After they had heard the king, they went on their way,and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:9-10

Yet another beacon from the line of Abraham and sign of things to come. And a star to mark the place…this particular star led the Magi to Jesus.

Stars: to offer light to the world and lead people to Jesus. As one of our pastors says sometimes, “Man just can’t write this stuff!”

I am going to shift gears a bit to look at stars in a different light.

When I look up “heavenly body” online, the most common definition is “a star, a planet or moon”.

When I think of being part of a body (one star in a multitude), I am drawn to 1 Corinthians.

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

1 Corinthians 12:18-20

We all have different gifts, talents and functions within the body- but, none is more important than the next. And we are to use what we’ve been gifted.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11

I was watching “The Great Christmas Light Fight” on T.V. Monday night. This show features INSANE Christmas lights displays and they are judged for a prize. These aren’t commercially done. They are planned and implemented by homeowners in their own front yards (…and backyards, roofs, driveways and anywhere else they can fit a light.) There are millions of lights involved and some even use computer programs to synchronize the lights with sound. It was something else to see! So I wonder. Would those light displays be as spectacular if there was only one single, but very bright light? I would venture to say that the single light would pale in comparison to the thousands of lights synchronized to work in unison. The impact wouldn’t be the same.

We are all stars – placed in the sky by God himself to “give light on the earth” (Gen 1). We are heavenly bodies placed as such to give light to this earth as one body: To be bright and bold for Christ in individually and unison.

Individually, we are to be like the Bethlehem Star so many years ago; providing light, and pointing directly to Christ so others can find him, too.

Is any one star more important than another? Could a single bright star light up the whole night sky? No. When you look at the star next to you, he/she may appear brighter, but that star does not hold more significance in the sky than the next. I think God put stars in the sky in multitude so they could work together in multitude to shine bright as a whole. Just as he placed us side by side to shine for Him as a whole. Synchronized by the Spirit, we cast more light as a body.

Let your light so shine!

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