The Patina of the World

Perhaps you saw the meme which reads, “God, please give us precedented times.” Wow, has 2020 been unprecedented, at least in our lifetimes? Still, we have so much to thank God for.

Purveyors of the Gospel

Certainly, all around us, we see destruction, deception, and disruption. Hatred, harassment, and harm seem to be the order of the day. But we, as followers of Jesus, the Beloved Son of God (Matthew 3:17), see the world differently.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14

How can we be purveyors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ if we absorb the nature of the visible world? The answer is, “We cannot.” The good news is that we don’t have to! 

We read in Ephesians 2:2 (NLT), “You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.” How do we remain Teflon to the nature of this world? The key is found in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Now that is not just good news; that’s great news!

The Patina of the World

So, I encourage you not to take on the patina (i.e., the impression or appearance) of the world, but instead, be transparent, so the light of Christ (John 1:4-5) shines through you to all to whom you come in contact…while maintaining social distancing. 😉

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