What’s in your bucket list? What are the hopes and dreams you hope to accomplish during your lifetime–your goals, the things you want to get done before you die, as each and every one of us eventually will?
“Those who are wise [who impart wisdom] will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3 NIV)
Each and every one of us has plans of some kind. For some of us it might be getting an education or the training to qualify for a particular job. For others it might be saving up enough to buy a house, or getting married and having a family. Others yet may want to travel, or write a book, get an advanced degree, or even qualify to go to a mission field. But whatever your goals are, do they include shining like the stars forever and ever? Because that’s what God has promised for a certain group of people.
Wow! If that hasn’t taken you aback, take a moment to consider that last sentence. According to today’s verse, those who impart wisdom, who lead many to righteousness, will shine like the brightness of the heavens, like the stars forever and ever. Again, who are those who will shine like the brightness of the heavens, like the stars forever and ever? THOSE WHO IMPART WISDOM, WHO LEAD MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
And that’s in the Old Testsment! But the interesting thing is that even though people don’t always think there is, there IS consistency between the Old and New Testsments–they’re not Plan A and Plan B. Jesus Christ was and is THE PLAN. He came to save us from our sins and commissioned us to call all to righteousness in Him.
He tells us to, “…go and make followers of all people in the world…Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you…” (Matthew 28:19-20 NCV)
When we come to Him, when we are convicted of our sins and come to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and HIS righteousness, He then shows us true wisdom and expects us to pass that on to those we interact with daily so they too can be led out of the sin-infected lifestyle we are all born with into true righteousness!
So? What’s in your bucket list? What do you hope to accomplish during your (relatively) short time in this life? May it be to “…go and make followers of all people in…[your] world;” to teach them to obey everything Jesus has taught you, to lead many to righteousness. May you may shine like the stars forever!
Help me impart wisdom and lead many to righteousness! Amen.