Word from the Pastor23 June 2017
Stand Firm On Your Belief
We’ve been very focused in the past few weeks on understanding the Third Person of the Godhead, in how we are empowered not only by His initial electrifying charging of our abilities, but also the ongoing abiding habitation we’ve learned to yield to, as we develop a growing intimacy with our Lord Jesus Christ. The constant call to a life dedicated to the values of the Lord, aligned to His will, and following after His ways, is as daunting as the injunction “be ye holy as I am holy.” It does require our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to be firmly fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the midst of a cold winter, we do enjoy the warmth of burying ourselves under heavy blankets or even a quilt. We also tend to put on layers of clothing to shield us from the natural breeze of the season. And this is exactly what the Apostle Paul chided his brethren when he wrote in Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
In Greek, the word “conform” speaks of putting on clothes to adjust to the weather conditions, and in relative sense adjusting our mental responses and attitudes to the world’s changing morality. We are instructed by Paul to stand firm on our beliefs and understanding when it comes to the laws and commands of God. His words are not burdensome, and we are enjoined to a life of dedication and commitment, in order that the Holy Spirit might rule over our daily existence, which will translate to faithful service while eagerly waiting for the soon return of our Lord.
Yours in Christ,