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“The Same Old Things,” a GOC bulletin devo

10/20/2012

Here’s the bulletin devo I wrote for Grace on Campus this past Friday:

Our Christian faith is all about the same really old things.  We read our fake-leather-bound copies of a really old book.  We sing age-old hymns with words that make our brains hurt.  We hear sermon after sermon about truths rooted in the history of an ancient people.

The world we live in, on the other hand, is constantly masterminding the next best thing.  It’s in love with anything faster, catchier, and shinier.  Our generation is addicted to the never-ending pursuit of novelty.

So, understandably, a faith that operates on the same centuries-old certainties is utterly ridiculous to the world.  Indeed, the core truths of our faith are contrary to the principles by which the world operates.  In 1 Corinthians 1:18, Paul affirms the contrarian nature of the gospel:

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

In the verses following, Paul explains and exalts the infinite wisdom of God in sovereignly designing a plan of salvation that shames the supposed wisdom of the world.

The difficulty of the Christian life in our day and age lies in the fact that we too often try to hold onto these conflicting worldviews at the same time.  We rightly embrace the truth of the gospel of Christ, yet we also hold on tight-fistedly to the attractive ways of the world.  Our love for the world competes with our affections for Christ.

In verse 26, Paul instructs the Corinthians to consider their calling in light of the all-wise God’s plan of redemption, which is exactly what we must do.  We must set our wills against this sinful tendency to love the world, and replace worldly influences with things that draw our hearts to a purity of worship and devotion to Christ.  We must regularly sanctify time to consider our calling and set our hearts and minds to pursue Christ wholeheartedly—to pray, read, worship, fellowship, and repeat.  We must faithfully do the same old things.

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