Rhythm Reading Plan: Day Ten

Rock The T-Shirt
John 17:18
 
Let’s go back to your first concert. It doesn’t matter the decade, because it surely consisted of some really bad hair, Aqua Net hairspray, and squealing teenage girls. At least, mine did. Either way, you probably wore the band’s name on your t-shirt and rocked it proudly to the concert. Then the next day at school, with the stench of sweat and smoky haze remnants still steaming off the shirt, someone made fun of you for wearing a concert t-shirt to class.
 
You broke the golden rule in coolness factor – never wear a concert t-shirt the day after the concert–or to the concert for that matter.
 
Thankfully we grew up and survived the torturous years of high school rules and regulations. Silly things like trying to please others and fitting in have dissipated a bit. Sometimes as Christians we fall back into old high school habits when it comes to proclaiming our walk in Jesus Christ. We want to shrink back and hide, just like we did with our t-shirts in high school.
 
It really isn’t trendy to be Christian, although worship leaders do seem pretty trendy with their skinny jeans and luxury-coffee-drinking antics. Stay true, worship bro.
 
In all seriousness, the world is on a fast-paced track to pull us away from all that Christ has to offer us. We are tempted by greed, unhealthy ambition, lured from our values, and getting caught up in vanity–thanks to never-ending selfies.
 
God did not intend for us to get wrapped up in the distractions of the outside world. In fact, He loved us so much He gave us His only Son. Jesus understood this very important role. In John 17:16-19 Jesus proclaims, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”
 
These words weren’t just a blessing from Jesus. They reveal our sacred purpose. With this purpose comes great responsibility because we are chosen in Him. This includes a Godly rhythm of studying our Bible, being prayerful, giving of our treasures, and serving people on behalf of the Kingdom.
 

It won’t always be easy. We will falter at times because of the constant pull with time management and the demands of life. We may even get mocked for rocking our “WWJD” bracelets and challenged for posting scriptures on Social Media. That’s okay. It’s why Jesus prays for us. He knows worldly things will try to take us off course or try to convince us of what “isn’t cool” according to others.
 
We have been given tools in God’s Word, full of wisdom, to set us up for success. When we embrace our greatest purpose while we walk this Earth, showing love regardless of sin and serving His people, we walk out the prayer and vision God has for us. It is up to us to fight hard to let go of the old way of thinking and show the world that in Jesus anything is possible – even when it feels like it’s us against the world.
 
Are you ready to embrace 2018 and set the example?


APPLY:

  • Do you worry what Non-Christians will think if you talk about your walk with Christ? Is there hesitation when you want to talk about it?
  • Have you been spiritually fit lately? Studying the Bible, praying, or serving?
  • What’s distracting you from your God-given purpose? What areas of your life can you modify or even eliminate that may be consuming your time and pulling you away from your mission?

 
Devotional Contributed by Danielle Leonard


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