Well, today marks the second day that the schools have been closed and people have been hunkered down enduring the cold. Many people are looking towards tomorrow when the temperatures will begin to rise and it will start to feel more like east Texas again. I actually love this cold weather and would be OK with it sticking around for awhile, but I know I am in the minority opinion on that. Many of you reading this are trying not to go stir crazy. You have binge watched T.V. shows on Netflix as you sat by the fire, you have read books and done numerous other things to try and pass the time. There are undoubtedly parents with small children who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown today, because their children have been cooped up inside for far too long.
As I sit in my office thinking about all of this I can’t help but to think about the parallels that exist within our Christian life. You see many of us live our lives in Christ like we are stuck in the house during bad weather. That is to say that we are just trying to get by. We have decided that the best thing for us to do is just endure. We are OK with not getting out and fully living this new life given to us by Christ. We see the difficulty of this life and feel like we are justified to just wait it out, but let me remind you that God did not save you to leave you stuck in the house. Sure, things might not be ideal. They may even be miserable at times, like this weather is to many people right now, but God is greater than the circumstances we face. That same God has equipped you in Christ Jesus not to stay stuck in the safety of your “Christian bubble,” but to accomplish the work He has given you to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” My prayer for you is that you would walk in the good works Christ Jesus created for you to do, and not live your life stuck in the house. If you have been made new by the power of the gospel then God has equipped you to be His hands and feet. He has equipped you to glorify His name by bringing the light into the darkness. Remember believer you have been equipped and there are no bad weather days in the kingdom of God, so let’s not be found stuck in the house.
Finally, as you seek to live this new life in Christ may the words of Colossians 3:16-17 guide you, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.“