Saturday, December 22, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Be A Star
Matthew 2:1-12
Those who turn many to righteousness [shall shine] like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)
Many today seek stardom by trying to get into the media spotlight. But a young Jewish captive achieved “stardom” in a better way.
When Daniel and his friends were taken captive by a ruthless invading nation, it was unlikely that they would be heard from again. But the godly young men soon distinguished themselves as intelligent and trustworthy.
When the king had a dream that his wise men could not repeat nor interpret, he condemned them to death. After a night of prayer with his friends, Daniel received from God the content of the dream and its interpretation. As a result, the king promoted Daniel to be his chief advisor (see Dan. 2).
If the story ended there, it would be remarkable enough. But some scholars believe that Daniel’s influence in Babylon made people aware of messianic prophecies about a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem. Daniel’s teaching may have been the reason that 500 years later wise men from the East followed a star to a remote and unfamiliar part of the world to find an infant King, worship Him, and return to their country with the good news of God’s incredible journey to earth (Matt. 2:1-12).
By turning others to righteousness, we, like Daniel, can become a star that will shine forever.
PRAYER
Jesus make me a blessing to someone today.Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
You can attract people to Jesus when you have His light in your life.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church