Shine like Stars
In Philippians 2 Paul is telling us what it means to live like Christ. He writes a letter to the Philippians and tells them about Jesus’ humility.
What do you think humility means? Some of you will know and understand this word but others might find it a little tricky. That’s okay- have a go anyway.
Humility means putting others before yourself and giving things up for other people.
Jesus was humble and obeyed God completely. In fact, he made himself nothing and took on the nature of a servant! That means always putting others before yourself. And when we put our trust and hope in Jesus we also have to love others first.
How can we look after others and put others first?
Staying home from school is putting others first!
If you’re still in school, then washing your hands and keeping your distance is putting others first!
Not seeing your friends and family in lockdown is also putting others first!
But hang on…
What about when Covid disappears and things go back to normal again?
What can we do to value others more than ourselves then?
Maybe you could show humility by sharing your toys? Opening the door for someone and letting them go first? Saving the last biscuit for your brother or sister?
In v 14 it says we need to do all this Without grumbling or arguing!!!
Now, this is a tricky one! Not just for children but for adults too!
Mainly because our hearts are telling us we want to do something else. We want things to go OUR way and we think everything is about us. When actually, it’s about Jesus. We need to pray to Jesus and ask for his help. And through him, we can shine like stars in the sky. V15
Isn’t that lovely? Through Jesus, we can shine like stars in the sky!
Take some time now to be quiet.
You might like to Close your eyes to help you relax.
Think about the whole universe,
The Planets dotted around the darkness.
Think about the stars, so bright and beautiful- full of light.
Imagine God at the center of it all. Controlling everything.
God, the creator of all heaven and earth.
Sometimes we try and put ourselves at the center. Sorry God.
Our tiny little planet seems so small when we think about how big the universe is.
But Jesus loves our tiny planet and everyone on it. He wants us to shine like the stars in the sky.
Remember last week? We remembered how much Jesus loves us from the birds singing in the trees. Now it’s time to love others as Jesus loves us.
How can you love like Jesus? What can you do to put others before yourself?