Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Outside the Box...

My mind today is set upon "thinking outside the box". You know, too often we try to box our Christianity into "our" ways of thinking and our expressions of worship into what we are comfortable with. When something comes along that is a little different, we put it down and say that it can't be done that way.

Along those lines, are we changing our methods to fit into what the world would feel comfortable with? Change is a tough thing to deal with...but change just for sake of change isn't what we are called to do. Last year, I picked up my first translation of the Bible other than KJV... I use other versions along with the KJV to sometimes get a different insight into what is being taught. I was telling one of my friends how difficult it was. I was raised using the KJV and still do my memorization from it, but I find it helpful to study with more than one version.

Change doesn't have to be a drastic turning away from what we have been taught but can also be a slight "tweeking" of methods. We are to change to become more like Christ everyday, right? So, we are truly "called" to change, in a manner of speaking...

One of my friends who blogs at Consuming Worship was talking about taking the limits off in a recent post. Am I willing to take the limits off myself in what I do for God and allow Him to in my life? What if I did? what would He do to me and thru me? what changes would be evident? would my worship, prayer, Bible study, and witness be anything like what it has been?

Let's look at Isaiah 55:8-9..."For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." If you're reading it the same way I am, then everything I do would be different if I let Him have control.

I thought the memorization challenge was intense. It pales in comparison with the challenge to take the limits off and let God have control. Thanks, Jeff, for the inspiration!!!

Before I end today, let's take a look at our memory verses for this week from Romans 8:1 & 2..."There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

Take the verses in...think on them...pray over them...ask God to speak thru them...and share them with someone today...

Be challenged to not only learn verses, but to be willing to change...For God's Glory!!!

Please let me know if there is a special prayer I can word on your behalf today!!!

1 comment:

Marie said...

There's nothing wrong with change. By sticking to the KJV only, you're missing a lot of information. After all, you're working with a 400+ year old translation. The KJV is beautifully written. Like you, it's what I was raised on (and I simply can't say The Lord's Prayer any other way!), but if you're looking for accuracy and up-to-date translation and scholarship, it's probably very good to think outside the box.