Saturday, November 5, 2016

Eternal Stars

UV 1214/10000 Eternal Stars
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever
Daniel 12 v 3

The book of Proverbs states that he who wins souls for the kingdom of God is wise. They shall bright as stars in an otherwise dark sky. They are the ones who understand the message of Jesus and conveys it without addition or distortion to others. These are the ones who are considered leaders and teachers by the Lord. They train and mentor many in righteousness. The choice we have in life is to be either a black hole of self absorption or a lodestar of illumination, influence and righteousness. Paul mentored Timothy as a leader and prepared him to teach by asking him to accompany him on his many travels. He also detailed letters of instruction and explanation of teaching to Timothy.

A teacher should have a storehouse of stories and parables to illustrate his sayings so that people can easily understand and relate to the truth. The stories of Jesus made people, even the unlearnt and illiterate, learned and wise. It made them para-able or above the levels of natural ability. A leader should have the qualities of ability as well as stability. But when we become godly leaders, we will have ability and stability far above the natural. Being a carrier of the good news of what God has done for each and every human being so that he or she does not need to live in eternal shame but in everlasting honour and clothed with the greatness of the kingdom of God is a privilege and an honour. It puts one on the trajectory of moving out of our ordinary humdrum mortal and vain existence to being a harbinger of hope, healing, comfort and deliverance to many seekers of God and righteousness. It puts one in the trajectory of being a star for God- the stars individually and collectively reflect the glory of God. No human craft can ever take us to anywhere near even the closest star- the Sun. Yet following the teachings of Jesus places us in the orbit of a star that emits light for millennia, that radiates the power, majesty, glory and grace of the Creator.

Even the greatest of men and women die and are soon forgotten by even their closest followers. But this uni-verse promises greatness forever to those who are faithful teachers of the truth. We enter into a realm or state where there is no more death, no more tears, no more fears, no more pain, no more shame. The Word lays out the tracks of our orbits. We only need to teach others the details of these tracks while following these ourselves. Daniel is today more revered and respected and remembered than any of the great kings of Babylon under whom he served. Though he was just an exile and a slave, the Lord raised him up as a star, a prophet, a priest, a spiritual king for all the generations of believers since his time.

Prateep V Philip

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