I was recently watching a documentary on my absolute favorite football team, THE Dallas Cowboys. I have been a fan for over 50 years and have seen the good, the bad and the ugly!!! Through a charitable golf tournament I used to help with I have even had the opportunity to meet some of the phenomenal players from the past. The ones that stand out to me most now are those who, although they have “fame” and even the gold jacket, remain humble and kind. Bob Lily (and his wife, Ann) are two of the nicest and most humble people you will ever meet! My wife and I were able to spend some time with them before we left Texas! Wonderful, Christian folks!
So, as I watched this documentary on a more recent team (2017), I was really kind of shocked to see some of the behind-the-scenes footage of players who publicly profess their Christianity and “appear” to live for Him. Now, to be fair, if there was a documentary on me with everything I say or do in private, many would be able to say the same about me! But, all of this got me thinking about the age-old problem of putting on airs or being one person on Sunday and a whole different person the rest of the week.
Casting Crowns has a song out called Start Right Here (link below) and one of the lines says, “What if the church on Sunday, was still the church on Monday too?” As I mentioned in previous posts, I often wake up with a song playing in my mind and this Casting Crowns song was on a loop one morning last week. As it played, I reflected on how I can be like this, too. Another song on Christian radio right now is by Matthew West called, Truth Be Told (link also below) which includes the lines:
“I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not I’m broken And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not And you know it”
Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” It’s not fair or right for me to expect the world, those who do not know Christ, to live for or like Him! But if we who do make this declaration to be like Him, why do we struggle so much with trying to straddle the fence; keeping one foot in church and one in the world? The apostle Paul writes in Romans 7:15, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” C.H. Spurgeon summarizes it this way, “Consider what you owe to God’s immutability. Though you have changed a thousand times, He has not changed once.”
So, why should we strive to be like Jesus and not like the world?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30
Be in the world … not of it!