Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Shock to the System!

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. -Psalm 1:1-2

It is difficult to remain "focused" in today's world. Walk into any grocery store and there are at least a dozen different brands and / or varieties of any item you might purchase. Turn on the television and there are 3 or 4 flavors of ESPN, and most any other channel nowadays. Springsteen said it right... "57 Channels ..and nothin' on.. He should update that value.

True, too, in the spiritual realm... there is a "religion" or belief system out there for you; whatever you're feeling, or whatever need you may have ...there is almost bound to be a nearly custom-fit religious practice. If not, someone may start one to meet your need. Heck ..start your own!

In God's economy... there is only one "system". His system. We are free to make up our own, or join something someone else has made up ..but at the end of the day (..or end of the age) only 1 system remains.

A good friend is preaching at our church during revival week. Preaching from Genesis 1 ...he spoke of "God's system" ....and due to the fact that you and I are created in His image (..we are the only creation in His image, by the way..) we are, by proxy and default, systematic creatures. I brush my teeth before I get in the shower each morning. I've got my reasons... my system.

We need to choose, this day, whom you or I will serve. Christ said ..."you're either for me, or against me. While God's love, specifically through His Son, is liberal (..the good use of the word..) His system, His plan for coming to Him beyond conservative. It is rigid ....signed, sealed, and delivered ...not changing yesterday, today, or forever!

"His" plan, "His" system for His glory ...and our benefit. That is the "key" to being "Christian". You and I must decrease, and He must increase! Follow Him because of "who" He is ...and your system will simply change to align with "His". In turn ...this will give you peace. You won't need your old system any longer.

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