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A Great Adventure With Jesus

Romans 13:14

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

I remember playing pretend as a child. My brother and I would dress up like soldiers and playing Combat! It was fun to pretend. I was usually Sergeant “Chip” Saunders – played by Vic Morrow. I even had a plastic machine gun to complete the ensemble. I remember I had an army canteen and an army backpack (for my sandwiches for lunch). My brother and I would make adventures in the sand dunes between our house and beside grandmother’s home. It was fun playing make believe. When we got a little older we would play in the woods or even in the cemetery next door to the parsonage. It was great fun pretending.

We just finished a week of VBS at First UMC of Laurel. The theme was having great adventures – Rolling River Rampage. The children had a blast. They had great adventures on the river and learned about Jesus. They imagined a number of adventures on the river. We collected funds to support those devastated by the rising river in Ellicott City.

They learned that some adventures are imaginary – and some are real – like walking with Jesus can be an adventure but it is for real! We learned that following Jesus – who died to pay for our sins and to allow us into a right relationship with God the Father – can be a great adventure too. We were also encouraged to tell others of our excitement – being in an adventure with Jesus.

We tend to imagine things – to live in the make believe at times. It is fun to imagine – to pretend to be someone or do something that excites us. If we’re into sports – we often wear clothes that advertise our favorite team – like the University of Maryland teams – or the Orioles – or the Nationals – or the Ravens – or the Redskins – or the Capitals. If we’re into certain bands or singers or movies – we might wear tee shirts with their names on them. We might even wear a hat that represents our favorite politician. In this way we might imagine that we are them or we have a personal relationship with them.

By wearing something that represents someone or a team – we are telling the world that we like them – we follow them – we might even want to be like them. Today’s passage calls us to clothe ourselves with Christ. Romans 13:14 – Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Romans 13:8–14 – 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. 

If we are going to imagine being someone or following someone or having an adventure – let’s take the great adventure and follow Jesus. Let’s seek His face and desire His grace. Let’s clothe ourselves in Christ! Let’s follow Jesus and hang on as He takes us to amazing places.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – This Sunday at both services we will celebrate our week at VBS. Join us at 8:30 or 11 am in the Sanctuary.

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July 13, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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