Right now, I have to get a bulletin article written. It is Wednesday afternoon and, well, the bulletin presses need to roll...and I have no clue what to write about.
So...how are you under pressure? When you have a project due at work and the deadline is fast approaching and the boss is breathing down your neck, does the pressure make your work better or worse?
Many times pressure will adversely affect the outcome. We just hurry up and get it done so that it is done. If it is right, that’s great. But if it is wrong we can always say, “Whoops,” and maybe the boss will allow us to try again.
What about in our Christian lives? Do you ever feel pressure as you seek to live as a “sojourner” and “exile” in the world?
The world wants us to conform. The world wants us to behave like it does. The world wants us to use its values. That, the world says, is how we are to act.
Jesus, in John 15:19, tells us, though, that we do not belong to the world. We may live in the world, but Jesus wants us to seek to change the world in which we live, not be changed by the world.
He tells us we are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). Salt seasons (makes better) the things around it. In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus calls us lights and, as such, that we should cause those around us to praise God.
Sincerely seeking to be a Christian means that we do not allow the world to shape us. Sincerely seeking to be a Christian means that that we allow the one who made us form us into what He wants us to be. Sincerely seeking to be a Christian means that we share that desire to follow Christ with everyone around us.
That is God’s will for us. That is God’s plan for us. That’s what God wants you to be doing right now.
So, feeling the pressure yet?