"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."
(Philippians 2:14-15)

Matthew 5:13-16, 43-48
After Dad died, my mom asked us to help her plant a sapling of a maple tree she had seen, but she didn’t know its particular name. So, we just went to the nursery. “After all,” I naively thought, “isn’t one maple pretty much like the others?” We later discovered that the tree she wanted was an October Glory maple. It does look like any other green maple the rest of the year. But in the fall, it is spectacular! What a difference there was in the name!

The way we live our lives may look pretty similar to our neighbors or co-workers when life is manageable. But when things are hard and we choose to die to our selfish ambition or our anxious controlling, when we love our enemies – then we stand out and shine like Christ, to God’s glory. The only way we can do that is to be a sapling of the One who took the form of a bondservant and humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death. We need the rays of the Son – the light of Jesus – to display us in our full glory, making us lights in the world. You’re going to shine for someone; let it be for Jesus!

Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:13-16, 43-48


"...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Bible In A Year

  • Jeremiah 41-42
  • Psalm 122
  • 1 Corinthians 16