Every now and then you see a star at work don’t you?  Last week watching the X factor I have to say that Robbie Williams made me smile.  There’s been a few bloggers writing about his new single but what I really loved was his performance.  He’s a great entertainer.  If you’re my age you may remember Queen or U2 at Live Aid.  They lit up the show.

You can see stars in different kinds of settings though.  You can see them on a football pitch or in a great film.  You can read their books or admire their paintings or enjoy their food.  You can laugh at their comic genius or be swept along by their oratory.

Some people just stand out.

And in the world of Pharaoh’s Egypt, Joseph stood out.  Everyone was impressed with him.  They all acknowledged him – here’s a star.  “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Genesis 41:38.  Now quite what Pharaoh meant by that, commentators may quibble over but what is clear is this: they saw something exceptional in him.  They may have understood that in terms of their own worldview or they may have been acknowledging his God but they saw something.

And when people look at you they will see something too – if you also have the Spirit of God.  They will see, “children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life,” Philippians 2:15-16.

Did you catch that?  Maybe read it again.  As a child of God – you’re a star.  You stand out.  You shine.  And when you shine, people “give glory to your father who is in heaven,” Matthew 5:16.  So go for it: stand out.  Be “a man like this”.  Be a star.