Today Google turns up thousands of hits when we search for “celebrities.” Oscar news is buzzing this week with pomp and ritz and glory. I wonder …will heaven have its “stars?”
My thoughts turn to Daniel’s apocalyptic vision…
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).
1. Heavens stars shine broadly!
Those who are wise will shine with intensity of light from a cloudless sky. Wise people affect those around them because Jesus shines through them. It is like wisdom beams out of them affecting everyone in close proximity. Their presence makes circumstances seem brighter.
2. Heavens stars are laser focused!
In addition to wisdom, some people possess the single mindedness of turning others towards righteousness. To spend time with them is to also experience a call to right living. These focused people never waste a moment; rather they intentionally live for total life transformation in themselves and in others. This clarity of focus is a rare quality. I long for the day it is found readily in our bible schools, seminaries and church pews.
These will literally stand out with pinpoint clarity – as do the stars – against the dark background of the night sky.
We are mobilizing a movement of people who shine on earth for entire lifetimes, and are then rewarded with everlasting life, shining with Jesus forever.
Daniel saw it to be worth everything, do you?