Volleyball playoffs are upon us. The upper grade team finished the regular season undefeated and they are the first seed in the tournament. The lower grade team also did well. They are the second seed team in their tournament. Final games are this weekend and next. Go Crusaders!
Also this Saturday, there is a ladies mission rally in Leesburg beginning at 10:00 a.m. The featured speaker is Mrs. Jackie Hieb who will speak about her recent mission trip to Nepal.
Next Saturday is our final Dinner Around Town this calendar year. It’s at the Willow Tree in Sanford. One family dropped out, so there are still 5 seats still open. Sign up in the narthex.
Finally, November 1 will be our annual chili cook-off following our Reformation service. The school will also kick off their Scholastic Book Fair that weekend. Watch for more details in the weeks to come.
Those are the highlights. Now on to today’s devotion:
The Christian Job Description
If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called…
1 Peter 2:20-21
Clear your mind for a moment and give some thought to the following two job descriptions for the Christian life. Which one of the two descriptions comes close to what you expect?
Job description #1: In your life as a Christian, do not expect much trouble. Do not expect much difficulty. Do not expect much inconvenience. Follow the path of least resistance. Don’t get too involved. Don’t stick out too much. Stay in the background. Do whatever is easy. Live your Christianity under the radar. And above all, hope that no one says anything to make you feel uncomfortable.
Job description #2: In your life as a Christian, expect trouble. Expect difficulty. Expect inconvenience every day. Get ready for pain. Get ready for insults. Get ready for pushback, because it’s all coming your way. You’re stepping onto a battlefield. There will be smoke and fire and chaos and noise. You’ll need a clear mind and a sharp eye. There will be conflict. There will be unpleasant surprises. There will be struggle. There will be pain and hardship you will carry to the end. But you will be doing what you were called to do. And what you do will matter.
Now, back to the question. Which of those two job descriptions comes close to what you expect in your life as a Christian? Each of us must confess the many times you and I have chosen description #1. But to live our lives sitting on our hands, to live our lives keeping a discreet distance between ourselves and the way our Savior calls us to follow—such a life is empty and dark and sad, and deep down we know it.
Thank God that his mercies in Christ are new every morning. Right now we can come to him in repentance. Right now we can be embraced by his forgiveness in Jesus. Right now his gospel is here to refresh our spirits and renew our strength. And because it is, the Lord is here to empower us to abandon the job description of apathy and fear and to jump into the job description of courage and purpose and meaning.
Lord Jesus, I confess to you my many moments of timidity. Cleanse me in your blood. Renew my strength. Empower me to follow where you lead. Amen.