The sermon today was inspiring and challenging. Easy-Bake Faith, Christianity Ain't No Cakewalk." Well actually that is the name of the series, Today was "Iron Chef." The Iron chef is given an ingredient for all recipies and then he must come up with different dishes which include that ingredient. The number one ingredient for the Christian life is "Willing to Change."
There are nine ingredients to the Original Christian Recipe: fellowship obedience, forgiveness, truth, light, discernment, love certainty, and hospitality. Each week for the next nine weeks Pastor Tom will look at one of these, taken from I, II, and III John. Today he focused on the fact that we must be willing to change for what God wants in our lives.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139: 23,24.
Am I a reactive love Christian or a proactive love Christian? Do I react in kind to offenses handed to me or do I proact with God's love? Will I take a stand and do the right thing. Will I be willing? I must ask God for the courage to love those who don't love me. Take the stand, "I love you unconditionally. No matter what you may do to me by way of insult or injury or humiliation. i will never seek anything else but your highest good."
Christianity ain't rocket science, but it ain't a cakewalk either. Simple but not easy.