Morning Coffee with Jesus - January 22, 2010
Greetings loved ones!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from 1 Peter 2:11. “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.”
Have you ever had the experience of being in a new job? Perhaps you have moved from one country to another and your “new” was a totally new experience in every sense of the word. Maybe you moved to a “new” home – far away from friends and family. Each of us has experienced “new.”
For some, “new” is scary. We don’t know what to expect, how to dress, how to act, what to say. We wonder, what is “normal” for this situation? It’s not so much that we cannot act “normal” it is not knowing what “normal” is that has us unnerved.
On the other hand, perhaps you are the type of person who gets excited over new places, new people, and navigating your way through the “new” environment in which you find yourself. You cannot wait to get out of bed each morning and tackle “new.”
Regardless how you deal with change, one thing that is true in both cases is that you don’t want to make a mistake as you journey down the path called “new.” You keep to yourself for a while, listening more than talking. You are observing the others around you so you have a better idea of how you should act. You certainly don’t want to make a mistake in the way you speak or dress or drive (for all my British friends out there!) It is human nature – we just want to fit in.
When we come to Christ, the same thing happens – a completely new life, a new language, a new way of thinking. For some it can be frightening and for others, thrilling. New believers don’t want to make mistakes. In addition, as time goes by, we forget that we are to be in the world but not of it - separated from worldly thinking, worldly ways, and worldly actions and attitudes.
Today, remember that this is not our home! Don’t succumb to the pressures and “norms” the world places on you. You may look like everyone else on the outside, but inside you are a new person. “New” is not only good, it’s eternal!
Have an awesome weekend in Jesus! Go MAD in someone’s life this weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday for more “Morning Coffee with Jesus!”