"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
What would it take?
For a man named Saul it took a blinding light and the voice of CHRIST. For a man named Simon it took a Rabbi saying follow me. These are just two examples in the Bible of men who left behind things that they had dreamed of their whole lives and followed Jesus. I wonder what the internal conversations where, I wonder what the family members of the men had to say on the change.
I wonder what it would take for me to be "sold out" to Jesus. To be so intent of following Him and being like Him that I would seek that only. What would it take?
How do you see God? How do you picture, view, imagine, etc...
Do you see God as this big police officer in the sky, waiting to pull you over for reckless living? Maybe He has set up a trap to catch you, a "sting" to arrest you for your sinfulness and shame you into being a better Christian.
Do you see God as a wish-fulfilling Genie? Running to Him in prayer, during times of crisis. Speaking of crisis, maybe you view the Almighty as some kind of hostage negotiator... SO you give Him your list of demands, the things that you are bargaining for before you will set your heart free to Him.
Maybe He is that old guy who lives on your block, you know the one...He knows about everybody else on the block. He is always going from house to house, always with some crazy idea about how you could better mow your grass, raise your kids, drive your car, etc...
Perhaps you see God as this ancient powerful man imaged creature, sitting on a throne, waiting for t…
This week, we have a guest writer. Dalton (my 16 year old) will be giving his perspective on "keeping it real." Feel free to comment, I will pass it along to him.
Maybe the Coca-Cola Company had the right idea, maybe, with this world that advertises with anything but reality, they were able to see some form of the light. "Keepin' It Real" was and still is a slogan that obviously affected many people, so who is to say we can't use it in our own walk with Christ? First, let me pose a couple of questions: What is "Real?" How do we keep it?, and, more to the point, where do we get it?
Let me say this, we can only find real inside of ourselves, it is not something to be bought, it is not something that there is an eternal search for, except inside yourself.
I had a friend, who, in a recent conversation about a job interview said "I wish I could just fake it." There is a problem there, once you fake it, once you have presente…
There are some lessons that you learn that are so stupid, you can only learn by doing them... Here are some of mine. (Idea blatantly stolen from TreyMorgan.net)
Never try to unplug a record player with your teeth.Never try to pull two broken ends of an electric fence together without checking to see if the charger is disconnected. (I believe this is how they discovered the transporter beam in Star Trek).Never try to capture a cow by hiding in the hay loft, and placing a loop on the ground for the cow to step in. (Could also be titled little boys cannot fly...)Never try to stand in the upstairs window of your parents roller skating rink and moon people. Never try to jump your bicycle of off the edge of the pool into the water. No matter how much time you think you have before the bus arrives, do not "go behind the tree." Never tell your mother, "Well bless your little heart," in the same sarcastic tone she uses with you when you are whining about something.Never just fal…