This week, we shift gear in our series on relationships and start looking at our relationship as Christians with some of the things that influence our society. Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking at our relationship with sex, alcohol and media.
This week our subject is sex, but before we look a over the next five days, here is an introduction about the power that is within us to be different:
This time of year, on a clear night, it is fantastic to go out into the garden and look up into the night sky and star gaze. The Brightest Star is “Sirius”, also known as the “Dog Star” or “Sirius A”. It is the brightest star in Earth’s night sky. The name means “glowing” in Greek. I used to think that the stars’ light source was a reflection of the sun but I was wrong. We can see the stars at night because of the darkness around them and they illuminate because of what is at their core. Here is an explanation from a Children’s Web Site: “So the answer to the question as to why stars shine is really that they are a powerhouse of energy, with gigantic cores of fusion reaction that causes energy to be released and sent out into the universe as light.”
With this in mind lets read this from the Word of God:
Philippians 2 v 12 – 18
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
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. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
In other words just like the stars we see in the Night Sky – Jesus Christ is the light and power that is inside us and the light that illuminates from His presence in our lives is released and sent out into the world around us and should get brighter the darker our surroundings. Our relationship with each other and our relationship with some of the things that influence our society should cause us to shine like stars.
On Wednesday of last week I went to the opening of the new Becket Keys Sixth Form Block. Before we went inside for the opening ceremony we stood outside facing the building. The Bishop of Chelmsford stood at the corner of the building and reached down to the floor and removed a curtain that was covering the Cornerstone of the building. On that Cornerstone was engraved a cross and word “Jesus”. Jesus is the Cornerstone and the building rises from that Cornerstone.
With Christ at our core or with Christ as our Cornerstone our lives are built and they should shine like stars in the darkness around us.