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by Rev Donald Geddes — last modified Dec 08, 2014 05:12 PM
The world-wide outpouring of grief over the death of Philip Hughes was remarkable. The fact that a fine young man could be killed playing cricket is almost unbelievable.

Of course there have been others who have died as a result of sporting injuries but Hughes had the distinction of playing for his country, Australia. He was a sporting star whose career was tragically cut short in its prime

Being a sporting star brings fame and fortune as it does for movie stars and pop stars. We use the term “star” to signify someone successful and famous and we pour adoration (sometimes almost to the point of worship) on those so designated.

But sporting stars have a limited life of a few years then their body gives out and they have to retire. Most of them then fade from view. Movie stars last longer but often stay in the public eye because of their rocky marital life or because they battle substance abuse. Rock stars re-appear from time to time only to have audiences marvel at the ravages of time so clearly evident on their faces.

Some of these stars are like the shooting stars which trace a spectacular course across the night sky only to fade and disappear. Most stars are so distant they have no impact on us or our world.

For the vast majority of us, there is no likelihood we will ever be recognised by the world and its media as a star.

But nevertheless there is one kind of star we can aspire to be. Daniel 12:3 says: 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. The footnote translates this as: Those who impart wisdom. Luther said these were teachers of God’s Word but the term has a wider meaning. It really means “Those who turn many to righteousness.” The wisdom in view is thatwhich comes from God and His Word the Bible.

Philippians 2:14-15 explains this idea: Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.

Living a blameless and pure life of a true Christian in a dark world of sin and evil and holding to the instructions of God’s Word produces a person whose life shines like the stars in a dark night sky.

These are not the shooting stars which streak across the sky and burn out. The person whose life-style is consistently Christ-like is one who will shine to eternity.Their witness will show the way of salvation to others and lead them to salvation and eternal life.

In God’s eyes these are the true stars. Are you one of these kind of stars?