Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3
It is very common for most people to want to shine. They want to look great before others. People want their hard work recognized and exalted by others.
Many people want to be the best at what they do and receive the honors to go with it. Singers want the number one recording. Actors want to gain the Oscar. The sports player wants the player of the year award. Having these things makes a person shine brightly and will be remembered longer.
As Daniel closes out his book, he is given a vision of the very end of time on this earth. In the end there will be a time of judgement. Those who are wise will shine forever and ever.
In another location in the bible it states that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Doing what God wants is the greatest wisdom that a person can possess. It goes beyond any wisdom that this world can offer, because it is eternal.
The greatest work that a person can do for God is to lead other people to righteousness…to Jesus…to God. Doing that was the entire goal of Jesus when He walked upon the earth and He passed that mission on to every believer.
There are many believers who have taken the step to live for God, but are not moving forward in being wise and leading others to God. They are not striving to be a witness of who Jesus is to this fallen world. This is not true wisdom, nor love of God. It is selfishness to live for self and gain life for one’s own self. He must work to build God’s kingdom.
As a believer you must ask yourself if you are being wise. It is wise to believe in Jesus, but it does not end there. Believing in Jesus will also mean that you will do what He desires.
Jesus wants you to be His witness and point the lost and dying to Him. He wants you to train others up in the ways of God, the ways of righteousness and holiness. To do anything less, is to not fully love God or others.
When you are being His witness and building His kingdom, you will shine like the stars for all eternity.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s heart for other people; that you will be wise in God’s ways; that you will carry out God’s mission for you on this earth; and that you will shine for God in this dark world.