I love a beautiful summer night. The stars intrigue me. God's speckled lights bring me joy as I admire how He orchestrated patterns for our enjoyment.
The twinkle of a star is a God wink to me.
For fun, I researched star classifications. After all, God created them and His Word states we will shine like stars in the universe.
I love the thought of being light in the darkness.
I derived information from Atlas of the Universe:
· Stars are given classifications according to their surface temperature and brightness.
The classes are O, B, A, F, G, K, and M. The O stars are the hottest, M stars the coolest.
· O stars are rare but bright.
· M stars are numerous but dim.
· Our sun’s classification is somewhere in the middle.
I took the liberty and used these classifications to represent Christians as stars.
Since O is the hottest and most rare, I classified it as Obedient. Complete obedience is rare-I know it is for me.
Oh, to always be obedient to the Master, a bright light to lead many to righteousness.
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).
The more numerous yet weaker stars are M-Mediocre. No one wants to be mediocre with low quality, value, ability, or performance.
Notice the word mediocre begins with me. Life is me-focused, not caring to put in the effort it takes to shine brightly.
I've chosen mediocrity instead of obedience.
God despises mediocrity. (tweet this)
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16).
I don’t want to be spit out. However, I've left a bad taste in His mouth.
I knew God wanted me to call a friend to see how she was doing. I did not want to speak with her because she complained and recited the same stories. Years with a counselor did not help her.
I almost obeyed God and sent an email.
An email was safe-mediocre.
You need to call her, the Spirit echoed in my head.
I ignored it.
Lord, I don't want to hear the same stories over and over.
A few days passed.
Call her now!
I said, But Lord...
The Spirit interrupted, I did not ask you to heal her, that is my job, just listen like I listen to you.
I wanted to cry- I blatantly disobeyed and tried to justify my half-hearted attempt with an email.
I remembered my pastor's words, "Partial obedience is disobedience."
She recited the same stories, but my attitude changed-I desired to listen to her like the Lord listens to me.
Complete obedience brought peace to my heart.
When it comes to serving God, I desire to serve with a wholehearted devotion and a willing mind, giving my best because he gave his best for me.
I still fall short- I praise God for His grace and mercy.
Now, when I observe the evening sky, I'm reminded to shine like an "O" star.
I'm an "M" star working on "O" status through prayer and Bible study.
What star are you?
Do you have any advice on how we can achieve "O" status?
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