Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Are you a Rudolf the Red-Nosed Christian?

If, after becoming a Christian, nothing changes - then you may have a problem. If you still fit-in with the old crowd - then you may have a problem. If you are still motivated by the same desires - then you may have a problem. If sin doesn’t start disappearing from your life - then you may have a problem.

This is one of the points Peter is making at the beginning of chapter 4 in his first letter. You see, when we come to Christ in repentance, everything changes. In fact, so much change occurs that people who knew us before Christ think we have gone nuts and have become freaks. They start to laugh and call us names because we won’t join in on their reindeer (worldly) games. Christians should understand what Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer went through.

But it’s all good because Christ told us that the world hated Him and they will also hate us. We become strangers in this world when we move our citizenship to the kingdom of heaven. And like Rudolf, we have the responsibility and privilege to shine the light and lead the rest.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. – 1 Peter 4:4

2 comments:

Louie Mercer, Frank Mercer and Mike Ellis: The Church for Men Dudes said...

Eric

This is good. I love using movie clips with my sermons. This one is a natural to play the famous TV cartoon with. Keep up the great work!

Eric Jones said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Have fun with Rudolf and may God use this anology to change many lives for His glory.