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Published November 2020

Image courtesy Bible Blender

Written by Roland Clarke

I had an interesting encounter with a stranger this week. While waiting to pay for groceries, I noticed a lady standing next in line holding precariously balanced items in her hands. Suddenly one item fell so I quickly reached down and picked it up; for which she was very thankful. I thought to myself, “She probably won't object if I give her something interesting to read.” So I plucked up courage and pulled an article out of my pocket, titled, Following the star. I offered it to her, saying, “Here's something interesting. I think you'll enjoy reading it.” She accepted it without hesitation.

By now the cashier was ringing up my groceries so I paid for them. Then another thought crossed my mind, “Perhaps I can tell her the back-story to this article.” I hesitated since she was busy putting her groceries on the conveyor belt. However, there was a pause after she made her payment, so I said to her, “There's an interesting back-story to this article which I wrote almost three years ago. A week after I finished writing it, a movie was released, titled, The star.

She replied, “I'll definitely read it.” Here's a question to prayerfully think about: “Does Jesus want us to be more alert to such opportunities?”

(Colossians 4:2-6) Most days as I leave home, I put a pamphlet in my pocket such as the one mentioned above portraying Jesus as the Bright Morning Star. I ask God for an opportunity to share it. However, sometimes I've disappointed the Lord, for example, I remember times when I picked up a fallen grocery item for someone without giving a thought to how I might point a person to glorify my heavenly Father.

Recently I've been thinking a lot about Jesus words in Matthew 5:16 and a similar verse in Daniel 12; “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. ... let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.”

Christmas will soon be here with lovely star decorations reminiscent of the Bethlehem star that guided the Magi to Jesus! This festive season let's make the most of the opportunity of pointing people to Jesus, the Bright Morning Star.