License plates and other things…

There are many things running through my mind today, some connected, some not…so I decided to share a few with you all to see what your thoughts are…

Yesterday, as I was returning some books on tape to the Glendora Library, I caught sight of a license plate that has stuck in my mind since then.

It was on a BMW X5 (an SUV)…and it said “WORLDLY.”

Hmmmm….

That struck me as being incredibly odd! First of all, that isn’t a common word that people use, unless they are familiar with religious terminology, generally. Secondly, is that really something to be proud of?

Maybe it struck me so much because of the lessons that the Lord has been teaching me lately, about giving up the things of this world and replacing them with things of eternal value…about being “crazy” in the world’s eyes (the MercyMe song)…all I know is that I have thought about that license plate quite a bit in the past 16 hours or so.

Another thing…

As I was “hanging out” with God yesterday, I was reading through I John, and this verse really stuck in my mind:

“Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” –I John 2:6

Wow…

What does that mean for my daily life? What does it mean to “walk as Jesus did”?

“We are called by God to live as our uniquely created selves–our temperament, our gene pool, our history. But to grow spiritually means to live increasingly as Jesus would in our unique place–to perceive what Jesus would perceive if he looked through our eyes, to think what he would think, to feel what he would feel, and therefore to do what he would do.” –John Ortberg

One more thing…

The Lord has been teaching me more and more about what salvation is really all about…it isn’t about saying a prayer…it isn’t about going to church every Sunday and/or Wednesday…it’s about making Him the LORD of your life…it’s about being a disciple…and I think the church has lost sight of this. We get so caught up in the numbers game that we, in a way, bypass the Great Commission–which doesn’t say “Go and save all the souls that you can…” but rather says to “Go and make disciples…”

Wow…

In saying this, I am by no means saying that I have this down, or that I am actually living out these things in my daily life…to the contrary! Each day brings my feeble attempt to live life as the Lord would have me to live it.

The Lord is making some radical changes in my life, and I don’t know where He is going to lead me next…all I know is that I now have responsibility for these things which He has taught me…

“If you are weary of some sleepy form of devotion, probably God is as weary of it as you are.” –Frank Laubach

May my devotion and walk with the Lord not be “sleepy,” but rather alive, exciting, and ever-changing.

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