The previous blog being the froth, the following two study the substance.
Left my money clips and billfold home. Surrendered my watch to Judy in the waiting room. Kept my dignity, though: refused to give her my comb. But wouldn’t you know it? No sooner sat in the chair in the prep room than the nurse brought a silly cap to cover my hair.
That symbolized the change to come. For once inside the door to the Doctor’s offices, I surrendered to them all rights to myself. Medical professionals decided what to do, and when; how to do it, and why. And, until I left the prep room after surgery, I lived under their authority.
Consider how that experience relates to discipleship.
Before we accepted Christ’s forgiveness of our sins, we had no obligation to hear him, listen to him or believe what he said. We were, at that time, “alienated from God” Colossians 1:21. Once we confessed Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior, and accepted Christian baptism for forgiveness, God “rescued us from the dominion of darkness....” Colossians 1:13a.
That delights all Christians. We have escaped alienation from God. We’re no longer his enemies by our self-centered behavior. While we continue to fear him, it’s a reverent, obedience-stimulating respect for him as our Father in Heaven, not as an angry Deity.
Trouble is, many of us get so enraptured with our deliverance from sin; our deliverance from wrath; and our deliverance from judgment against sin that we neglect what comes after. End Part II
(This was supposed to be a 2-part blog. Just too much to say. See you Friday.)