Thinking of Lessons Past Learned…

I’ve been thinking lately about how, as Christians, we should be noticeably different…radical by the world’s standards (tho there’s nothing “radical” about it when it comes to God: just go read I Peter 3:15, Mark 8:34, and Mark 10:29-31). Yet, we are considered “common,” “typical,” “normal” even, by the world. What’s wrong with this picture? As the chorus of Michael W. Smith’s “Live the Life” says: “For the world to know the truth / There can be no greater proof / Than to live the life, live the life / There’s no love that’s quite as pure / There’s no pain we can’t endure / If we live the life, live the life / Be a light for all to see / For every act of love will set you free.”

Wow. What the heck are we doing? Or, rather, not doing? (James 1:23-24, NIV says “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”)

When instead we should be like this: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says….the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22, 25b, NIV)

I’m reminded of a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book The Cost of Discipleship. Of Martin Luther he writes this:

“The recognition of grace was his final, radical breach with his besetting sin, but it was never the justification of that sin. By laying hold of God’s forgiveness, he made the final, radical renunciation of a self-willed life, and this breach was such that it led inevitably to a serious following of Christ.” (italics added)

Maybe we should look more closely at how salty we taste and how brightly we shine?

God Bless,
Pilgrim.

P.S. My earlier blog, A Serious Following Of Christ, is on much the same subject…

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5 responses to “Thinking of Lessons Past Learned…

  • Summer

    A hearty “Amen!” to that. There are so few of these genuine Christians in the world today. Yet, I have to admit, that since being distracted by marriage and baby (both excellent things and gifts from God) I find myself longing for the depth of relationship and devotion I had before. God still is my hearts desire, but I need to draw closer in the midst of my new callings. Thanks for this, Pilgrim.

    Summer

  • Stephanie Colucci

    Good word brother, against the backdrop of this world, we should stand out. So few people want to stand out, go figure.
    peace,
    Stephanie

  • Becky

    sooo right! I was just talking about this the other day with a co worker and she stared at me all funny. then monday she quit. mostly because of a letter for us that morning but I dont think she liked that I pointed faults with “christians” out.

  • Patrick

    Pilgrim,

    Great post! Thanks for always keeping it realer than real! I mean, really, really real real!

    Seriously, I know that lately the world likes to promote the philosophy, “always be preaching, and sometimes use words” … but that is because the world doesn’t want to hear the truth. So, we need to rather be “always living the life that God has called us to live, and always use words whenever prompted by the Holy Spirit”. Because if we don’t speak up, then how will they ever hear?

    Thanks, again bro,

    Patrick

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