“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3)
If we’re honest, we would all have to admit we have harbored thoughts of what it might be like to be a real “star.” In whatever field of endeavor we may have sensed a spark of potential, the idea that our performance might somehow be considered stellar, cannot help but create (if only momentarily) thoughts of “what if.”
It’s probably true that Heaven is not impressed with the same things that impress you and me. In fact, Luke 16:15 says as much. God is as recognition conscious as we; He just doesn’t regard the same things as being worthy of recognition. Fortunately, this verse in Daniel gives us insight into a couple of things God thinks will give us, as His children, star quality.
Not surprisingly, wisdom, a recurring theme in Scripture, is named. But here again, we mustn’t let the world write our dictionary. When they talk about wisdom, they mean “life skills,” which may help you in this life, but are impotent when it comes to getting you safely into the next. Only the eternal precepts of the Creator reach this high plateau; and if the God in whom dwells all wisdom (Col.2:3) is the Lord of your life, then you are well on your way to shining “as the brightness of the firmament.”
Not only that, but when you are one who gives priority to turning others toward the path of righteousness, God gives you star billing, as well. Whether pointing the lost to the Savior or influencing fellow believers to live a holy life, it all amounts to the same thing: a stellar performance.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that stars shine the brightest when the sky is dark. You know, “The darker the night, the brighter the light.” So you know that dream you had about being a star? Well, it’s not so far-fetched, after all. And you don’t have worry about being just a splash in the pan, either. Daniel says you’re going to shine forever and ever.
Wow! What a billing!