“Keep on working with fear and trembling to complete your salvation, because God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey his own purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky, as you offer them the message of life.” – Philippians. 2:12b-16a Good News Version
The story is told of how a seven year old boy approached his pastor one morning after the sermon. He said to the pastor, “Didn’t you say I have to ask Jesus into my heart in order to be a Christian?”
“That’s what I said,” replied the pastor.
“Well, how big is Jesus?” asked the boy.
I’m not sure, but I bet He’s pretty big, because He was a carpenter,” the pastor told him.
“That’s what I thought,” said the little boy. “So as little as I am, and as big as Jesus is, wouldn’t He stick out if I asked Him into my heart?”
To this the pastor smiled, “He will stick out more than you think.”
(From Illustrations Stories and Quotes to Hang you Message On; Jim Burns (ed) and Greg McKinnon (compiler) Gospel Light: 1997 Jim Burns p. 203)
I hope Jesus is sticking out of your life and my life as we seek to live for Jesus every day. Jesus sticks out as we begin to exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control) in our lives and relationships.
When Jesus begins sticking out all over in our lives, we begin to think differently about our priorities, our values, and our purpose…Paul in Philippians says that we shine like stars in the universe!
Let’s begin this new school and church year by celebrating the joy that Jesus brings to our lives, and let’s allow that joy to bubble over into the lives of people around us, as we partner together with the Holy Spirit and one another, to connect others to God and His love, through Jesus Christ.
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Grace and peace,