Without a doubt, God desires His children to be like Him, shining like Him as light in a world of darkness. We know surely that like begets like and that the believer in Christ is recreated and configured to shine like Christ Jesus. More so, the son of a lion is a lion, and any child of God ought to be a shining light, a star in a given sphere or domain, as the Lord has purposed. This is because God Himself is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. All His children must necessarily have and reflect His Holy nature (1 John 1:5-7).
Unless one is a bastard, one ought to reflect the character or nature of the heavenly Father of light, with whom there is no variableness and neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
The Lord indeed pointedly presented this truth to the Jewish world in the days of His physical presence on earth (John 8:39, 42, 44).
Every power working to thwart the purpose of God for your life is scattered and totally frustrated in Jesus name. No attempt by the wicked to capture and overturn your destiny will ever succeed in the mighty name of Jesus.
Hear me clearly: You cannot be of God and not shine in good works. According to Acts 10:38, Jesus Christ shone brilliantly in good works. He then, without mincing words, commanded us His followers to also shine, having been made lights to the world by the commission we received of Him (Matthew 5:14-16, Mark 16:15-18).
Of course, that was exactly what the apostles and the early disciples did. They did shine like stars in the dark firmament of the world in their time. We are not required or expected by God to do anything less. The Lord says in John 14:12, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Having been freely and gracefully justified by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, and translated from darkness to light and from death to life, shinning has become an inherent nature of the just. So, it is mandatory that you shine as you walk in the light of the kingdom of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (Proverbs 4:18).
To deepen our understanding, let us attempt to define a star and the word, shine:
What/Who really is a Star?
The dictionary defines a star in many ways. Physically, a star is a luminous celestial or heavenly body that shines or emits light at night. Stars are visible and brighter at night when it is dark. Believers are to show forth the light of God, shining like stars in the darkness before the unbelievers and the lost sheep of Israel. Their light may however be covered or made obscure or invisible by thick clouds, unless they are steadfast, fervent and firm. By the power of God, I decree that every gathering of evil clouds to cover or obstruct the shining of your star or to bring down your star is hereby scattered in Jesus name.
Stars also refers to those who are very distinguished and excellent in fulfilling their purpose or in masterfully playing their assigned roles very well in their respective domain, thereby becoming quite outstanding and very popular. They are otherwise known as Thought Leaders – men and women who shine in the arts, their career, profession or a given field of endeavour. Consider Isaac (Genesis 26), and Joseph (Genesis 39, 40, 41 & 42). Isaac became the envy of a whole nation; Joseph shone everywhere though a slave in Egypt, a foreign land where he had no relations at all.
Spiritually, shining stars are those who are fulfilling or have been tipped to fulfil their purpose gloriously with heavenly reckoning. In other words, stars are heavenly positioned candidates for destiny fulfilment without compromise. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray for you this day that you will be like our Lord Jesus Christ. (See Matthew 4:24-25, Hebrew 12:2-3). May you shine like Joseph in Egypt (as written in Genesis 41:38-46), and like Daniel in Babylon (Daniel 6:1-3). Both of them resolutely refused to compromise their God-given destiny by not defiling themselves in spite of very serious temptations.
Joseph sternly resisted the invitation to commit adultery with Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:1-20); while it is written concerning Daniel that he made up his mind not to defile himself with the king’s meat in spite of severe pressure to do the contrary (Daniel 1:8).
What does it mean to shine?
Simply, it is to walk consistently and observably to fulfil God’s purpose or destiny. To shine is to glow in obedience to the word of God in accomplishing specific assignments and pleasing God. It is to excel in doing good works and exploits like our Saviour Jesus Christ (John 10:32-33, Acts 10:38), like Daniel (Daniel 6:1-3), like Peter and the Apostles (Acts 5:12-16), like Philip in Samaria (Acts 8:5-14) and also like Paul the Apostle (Acts 19:10-12)