The apostle Paul encouraged the believers at Philippi to “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).
Paul meant that our salvation cannot be static and only in the past. It must also be very much in the present and in the future.
How do we shine as stars in the universe?
First, we do work out our salvation. We let what Christ has done for us shine through everything in our lives. We let the righteousness of God be evident in our lives as we live lives that are pure and blameless before God.
Second, we shine like stars in the universe when we take on the mind and attitude of Jesus. In the same way Jesus died for us, so we sacrifice for the good of others. We take on the mind of gentleness and the mind of a servant. We show compassion, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness in the midst of a corrupt and uncaring world (Ephesians 4:32).
Third, We let our light so shine before others that the world may see our good works and glorify the father in heaven (Matthew 5:14). This makes us shine like stars in the universe.