October 8, 2015

Read John 1:16-17

For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

With so much talk about heavenly signs lately, I was reminded of “Signs,” a song from my youth that began, “And the sign said, ‘Long-haired freaky people need not apply.’”  But, it ended with the sign that said, “"Everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray."  Everybody – that is all of us, all of them, and everyone else. 

Do you know any strange people?  I do.  To some, I am.  Have you ever considered what makes some people strive to be unique?  Could it be the same motivation that causes others to strive to fit in?  Shouldn’t it be that those who live under law should be less unique than those who live under grace?  As good as it feels to fit in, we need to caution ourselves against conforming to the image of one another more than we are conforming to the image of Christ.  The image of Christ is wildly diverse and imaginative.  He is filled to overflowing with grace that affords us grace upon grace.  All we are and all we have is a gift from Him. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.”  If we are to be effective in sharing the gospel with the world, we must become better swimmers.  The truth and grace flowing from Christ’s fullness is gloriously pouring forth from us as we share His message.  Be bold.  Be confident.  Be yourself.  He lives in you.