February 2019

What Is The Message We Bear?

“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength. Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11) This morning, I was reading a devotion from the Upper Room entitled, “What’s My Message?” In it, a woman tells of visiting Athens, Greece and being given a free t-shirt at a street fair, among other memorabilia. Being a “budget backpacker”, as she described herself, she gladly accepted it. After all, like many of us would conclude if we were in her shoes, it was free.

However, the next day, when she wore it on her journey of exploring the city, she began to feel self-conscious. She had no idea the meaning of the Greek writing that was scrawled across her shirt. And she wondered whether or not she actually supported the message that she was portraying.

Finally, a shopkeeper put her mind at ease, when he translated the words for her. It said, “There are a lot of adventures to be had in life. Drugs shouldn’t be one of them.” Having the meaning, she realized it was a great message and then, she could wear the shirt with confidence!

As I read the rest of her devotion, I also wondered with her about the messages that we wear in the midst of others. All of us like to wear things that show support for our favorite sports teams, for causes that we support, and even for our church. There is nothing wrong with doing that. All of these things tell us who we, what we value, and many times, they are just plain fun!

But have you ever thought about the messages we communicate to others by the way we live our lives? What kinds of things do we communicate by our facial expressions or the way we treat others? And how do we “bear” the Good News of Jesus Christ in our world today? The writer of Ephesians would say that we aren’t fighting against human enemies, but against, “rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.”

I hope and pray that the messages we bear are ones that share God’s love with others. For then, we can walk with confidence in the way that God would have us go. And as we make the journey of faith with God, we can offer something to others that will change them and us in redemptive ways.

As we get ready for the day, let’s put on the armor of God!
In Christ’s footsteps we walk,
Pastor Roger