Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Delivering newspapers in the dark and the snow is no fun, and it was even less fun when John finished his round and found a “People’s Friend” at the bottom of the bag. But he went back and put it through the letterbox, because he knew the elderly lady was looking forward to it. He was true to his task.
The motorcycle stunt man said: “If you’re only half committed, you’ll get hurt.”
The Christians in Philippi had all sorts of reasons to fall away from their faith. Many did. Paul pleaded with them: “Stay true”. The Pharisees gave Jesus reasons to give up on his task – “Herod is after you!” – but Jesus wasn’t having it.
God is one hundred percent committed to us – starting from Abraham. God, Jesus, Paul all call us to be committed to God’s Kingdom values. Lent is a time for evaluating our lives and commitments.
help me to be as committed and true to you,
and to the way you want your world to be,
as you are to me.
Peter Rand is an active retired URC minister
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