Sunday, February 8, 2009

Epiphany 5

Today's readings: Isaiah 40:21-31, 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 (sermon text), and Mark 1:29-39.

Changes in life can be devastating, causing even illness and injury. Humans generally don't like this type of change - but what about Paul? He relishes change in order that he may be "all things to all people." Why does he do this? To bring some to Christ. The most drastic, vital change in Paul's (Saul's) life was his conversion near Damascus. From an enemy of God to a friend, by Jesus Christ's power, in an instant.

We're God's enemies naturally too. Left alone, we're blind and stupid. But faith in Baptism, Christ's light, changes and enlightens us forever. We go from sinner to saint. How marvelous! But look now how Paul willingly undergoes major changes - avoiding cultural taboos, for example - to become closer to people to become a better witness to them. Keep in mind that he never disobeys Jesus' teachings, though.

Today we also have missionaries who imitate Paul. They endure sometimes-painful, always-necessary changes for the sake of the Gospel. We as His ambassadors, remember that God gives us opportunities to do so - be judicious, but go along as far as able to become a more effective witness. Become like your witnessees, but DO NOT change the fact or the message that Jesus Christ is Lord. Not under any circumstances! Keep Him as Lord in your life that He may become the Lord of others' lives.

During this past week, each student attending chapel received an Ablaze! card. While I and many others don't agree with its goals and methods, the point is the same: share Christ's light with others by whatever means you have.

1 comment:

WomanHonorThyself said...

. Humans generally don't like this type of change..or Hussein obamas change!..great uplift girl!:)