Topsy-Turvy World (Bob Chase)

Today’s Sunday Devotional is a guest post by my Facebook friend Bob Chase.

In the South Texas, USA desert, I used my tactical boot to flip a large black beetle off his back and onto his legs. Then repeatedly. Each time that I righted that top-heavy scarab, it mounted a small hose and flipped. Legs-in-the-air is a dangerous position for a creature with a hard-shelled back and a soft belly.

At Christian conversion, we fall to our knees; our sins are pardoned, and we stand. At times we go topsy-turvy as we learn the ways of the Kingdom while negotiating the world. Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6

Big black beetles flip on their backs because of their high centre of gravity. Evolution did not give them a means to right themselves, because for millennia they dwelled in soil. They are woefully unprepared for small hoses.

New Christians climb over familiar patterns of thought and behaviour that abruptly are reclassified as sinful. Patient discipleship of mature Christians helps them to master the disciplines that promote spiritual growth, including prayer, silence, simplicity, Bible study, acts of generosity, and loving others as Christ does.

Christian conversion is a mystical, transforming experience that sets us on our feet. Borrowing from Jerry Herman in the musical Hello Dolly, “It only took a moment to be loved a whole life long.” Remaining on our feet is a process of maturing.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

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