A word from Pastor Mario.
Styles, fashion, hairstyles, and even building designs change almost as quickly as the second-hand goes round the clock. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but you buy something and before you’ve worn it twice, the stores have put out new displays with different colors, cuts, and shapes.
Modern marketing techniques always make new things seem better. And when it comes to clothing, hair styles, and what have you, I might even go with the flow. Just to not make waves. But when we want to change the unchangeable, we begin to endanger ourselves and those around us.
Oh how we want a life of easy choices, with no real crisis or doubts.
Always clear sailing over a placid sea. Such a life, though, is not for us as true disciples of Christ, nor should we want it so.
Oops! Did I just say we should not want a life where we have all we need? A life of comfort and happiness? That’s not what I’ve heard on TV, or read on the net lately! “God wants to bless me. He wants to see me satisfied and happy. And I have Scripture to prove it!
And besides, doesn’t our pluralistic, free society allow everyone to have their own opinion? So you have yours, and I’ll have mine. And we’ll respect other, and not talk about hard things.”
But that’s not the point of the church of the living God!
We are not just “everyone else.” At least according to Scripture, which we claim as our only infallible (and I really want to emphasize the word infallible) source and guide.
- We are Followers.
- Called-out Ones.
- Special Folk.
- And not just like everyone else.
And you know, walking in the shadow of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, automatically excludes many things from our lives this side of heaven.
I won’t give you a list of those things here. We must each discover them for ourselves, as we live our lives in the shadow of the cross, seeking wisdom from his Word, and allowing it to make us more and more like him.
It’s natural to want an easy life, but a true disciple yearns to become like his Master and Lord.
Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God, Romans 12:2.
How about you? Have you been settling for the placid sea, rather than the high-sea adventure of becoming like Christ?
[Image of Sicilian fishing village ©TheScorziellos-Mario]