I don't know if it's because I'm teaching at my old high school or what, but I've been thinking lately about pop songs that were popular when I was a student. Actually, about one song in particular.
Things that make you go hmmmm. (Comment noted: I guess there are four m's in hmmmm, not two.)
I can't even really remember the words, but I do remember the idea. It's about things that don't seem to make sense, like seeing someone with a wool jacket, gloves and a hat walking around in the middle of a hundred degree weather.
Sometimes people do things that don't seem to connect with the way things are.
I think that's definitely true spiritually.
I'm sure God's not up in heaven looking at me and saying hmm. But if I were God and I was looking at my life and what I say I believe and how I sometimes live, I think I probably would.
Here we've got what we say at church we believe about the gospel and here we've got how we go out and actually act and you know what, a lot of times they don't really match.
It's funny, if you look at what Paul's letters his whole approach is basically connecting the gospel to life. It's like he begins, here is what we believe and ends, this is the difference it makes.
One of the areas I think we most need to do that is with the way we talk.
I mean, think about some of the things we say we believe.
God is creator - do I talk like He owns my words?
I'm a big old sinner and man, my sin goes deep - am I careful about the way I talk or do I just blurt things out trusting that hey, I'm a pretty good person?
Jesus died on a cross to save me - do I demonstrate his sacrificial love for others in the way I communicate with them.
I'm saved by grace not by works - is my conversation with others based on what I think they deserve or do my words demonstrate the grace of Christ?