April 9, 2014

Multiple Personalities or Singularly Focused?

“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing..”        
II Timothy 4:5-8

As the Student Pastor at Millen Baptist, it is my job to take the lead in battling the culture… the principles and values of this fallen world which are being propagated to the youth.  One of the chief deceptions which must be battled is the notion that it is acceptable to be one person on Sunday and another the rest of the week.  I have again and again told the youth that claiming to be Christian must mean something.  I have told them that I want those who pass the youth house to point and say, “the kids in their love the Lord.”  The youth have heard over and over again the need for them to be known as honest, honorable, godly young men and women in every aspect of their lives.  Yet, living this life of consistency… being the same person regardless of who they are with or where they are will be difficult.   As most know, it is considerably easier to live a life with multiple personalities which please rather than to live a consist life which others may find objectionable.

The verses from Timothy written above come from a letter written by the Apostle Paul.  In verse seven, Paul states that he had been a faithful follower of Jesus.  Does this mean that Paul lived without failing?  No.  I am biblically convinced that it was as much of a challenge to remaining faithful and consistent for Paul as it is for each of us.  Paul may have not been perfect but he knew that he served a perfect God.  Paul understood that he was not called to be an example of perfection but to be perfectly devoted to the Lord.  He did not strive for faultlessness but rather to be set apart for God’s purposes… to be holy.  This is the reason that Paul could rightfully claim to have led a life fully devoted to Christ and to  encouraging Timothy to do likewise.

It is my call for us to heed the advice of Paul.  Deciding to do follow this counsel will not always be easy. When we decide that we are going to be fully committed to God and His ways we will still misstep and make an utter mess of things.  But know this, we do not struggle alone.   The sixteenth chapter and ninth verse of second Chronicles declares, “…the eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” 

My brothers and sisters, let us reflect on this verse and let each of us decide to be people of consistent godly character.  Then let us take action to live out this decision every moment of every day.  Let us be those who show the people around us that we are genuinely committed to following Jesus Christ.