can·des·cent /kanˈdesənt/ adj. 1. glowing with, or as with, heat
This is Christmas. Lights, candles, glitter, fire. The excitement in children and the sparkle in loved ones eyes. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” “The stars are brightly shinning…” And then there’s the story.
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him… When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matthew 2:2, 10).
And so we must be. We must stand out as stars.
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life..” (Philippians 2:14-16).
Living a righteous life inevitably results in standing out, in glowing. And although a fire is warming, not all want want their shadows be exposed in the light. Jesus said,
“The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:19-21).