In this verse, shining is a symbol of excellence, of standing out among the crowd, of excelling beyond normal. Some shine for a season, or in some area of their lives. The world is full of “has beens.” They shined once, but no longer. Many shine while they are young – some in careers, some in sports, some in educational pursuits. Some shine for a year, 10 years or maybe even 20. But all these types of shining are only for a season. But there are some people who will shine – not just for 10, 20 or even 1,000 years – but forever and ever. According to Daniel 12:3 above, the ones that will shine forever are those who are wise and who turn people to righteousness.
Are you turning people to righteousness? You can do so by speaking to them about God, or by showing them God by your life. In fact, your life speaks louder than your voice, and it can lead people away from or to God.
How is your lifestyle? Does it exemplify the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” – as presented in Galatians 5:22-23?
Or does your life exemplify these evil works of the flesh – “sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin” as presented in Galatians 5:20-21?
Which is your lifestyle? Are you leading people away from God or to Him? If you want to shine forever, let your lifestyle and your utterances turn people to righteousness. At home, at work, at school, among your friends, among your colleagues, everywhere, turn people to righteousness and you will shine like a star forever.
Only a person who knows the righteous God and who is living a righteous life can lead others to righteousness. Are you living a righteous life? How are you able to do so? There is only one way. You need to meet Jesus. You need to be born again. You need to confess your sins to God, repent from them, acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Savior, believe Him and follow Him. This is how you begin to live a righteous life and prepare to lead others to righteousness.
Jesus is waiting for you to let Him make you ready to shine forever. Will you let Him?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sola Jegede, coordinator of an evangelistic youth ministry, and his wife Bunmi serve the Lord full time in Sierra Leone, where they live with their three children.
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org