Each month we send out a monthly newsletter talking–In Word & Deed– about the going ons in our church. On the front page of that newsletter is a column written by Pastor Don’s wife and office administrator, Kristi. Every month we will be posting her articles so everyone can read them. The following was written for the August 2016 newsletter which can be downloaded at the end of the article.
“Comfy? Me Neither!”
I’ve been feeling more and more unsettled with things that are happening in our country today. I wonder how has our society changed so quickly and so dramatically? It hurts to see the pain and the “lostness” out there. It hurts to be so misunderstood and have my motives and beliefs ridiculed, chewed up and spit out. It hurts to have my God, the One who made us all, loves us all and died for us all, be ignored and denigrated. (Oh how that must hurt God.) I feel a bit on edge. Something is going to give and it looks like it may be pretty violent. Every day I’m bombarded with stuff I don’t want even want to know about. I’m not comfortable (and my comfort is something I’m pretty cognizant about.) Then, that “still small voice” speaks: “News flash, Kristi, this is NOT your home. People are sinners. You people do not live up to My standards. But you, My beloved daughter, you have accepted the work Jesus finished. You have asked Him to pay the debt you owed and now Jesus Christ is your Savior and the Lord of your life. You are working on living the sanctified life I have made available to you. You SHOULD feel uncomfortable. You’re not home yet.” WHA???? Oh yeah. Thank you, God for pointing that out.
Turns out, God knows! God has spoken about this topic already in His Word. I just needed reminding (again!). I have been holding on too tightly to this physical world that I love and all the things in it, rather than setting my mind on things above. I am living on the earth, but, really, I am not a citizen of this earth. I am a citizen of heaven. Part of my purpose for being on this earth is to get me ready for my eternal home. This earth will not always be here. My Heavenly Father is going to remake the whole thing. This earth, wonder-filled as it is, is under a curse. It is damaged. When Adam and Eve broke God’s Law, everything changed, including Creation.
It’s okay with God when I don’t feel comfortable here on earth. I need to be engaged while I am here. I need to take care of this earth, but I need to realize that my roots are in heaven. I need to realize that only a couple things on earth are forever: the souls of people and God’s word. Therefore, I need to hold the things of this earth loosely. Rather than worrying how to respond to people, I need to be living for God. There is a difference between what God says is good and true and right and what the world says is good and true and right. Part of why I am unsettled is that the world’s idea of truth is constantly changing. God doesn’t change. Truth is truth. It cannot be equivocated; it cannot be changed just because someone “feels” like it should be different. God created this whole thing, He is perfectly within His rights to decide how things should work. Who are we to tell God what He should do? Wow! What arrogance! And yet, mankind has always been trying to take God’s place.
I have tried to memorize Philippians 4:8-9 for years.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Did you catch that? God is letting us know the kinds of things that are worthy of our consideration. Is that what you think about? No? Well God also tells us in II Corinthians that we can“…take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” Don’t just sit there and let thoughts take over your mind, be the boss! Take control of your thoughts! You decide what thoughts you allow into your mind to be considered. Think and digest the kinds of thoughts God says are worthy and then the God of peace will be with you. How many people do you know today who have real peace? Would you like to be one? Take your thoughts captive and ponder Godly thoughts.
If you would like the complete PDF of this month’s In Word and Deed, you may download it here: August 2016 In Word & Deed.