My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Old Bread and a Rock
‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some
of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name
written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’
(Revelation 2:17 NASB)
Through the revelation given to John we are challenged to be
overcomers in our Christian lives. Literally we are being cheered on to
not give in and/or compromise with the world around us. The first
generation of believers were passing away and now those who were in the
Church were being challenged to keep the faith! And what was the reward
of this faithfulness? Manna! Interestingly when the children of Israel
no longer needed the manna from heaven, it disappeared. What did it
mean that there was still some hidden manna? That the people of God,
who were faithful to Him, would have their daily needs supplied. The
daily bread, about which Jesus taught us to pray, would be available for
those who were overcomers. And not only would God supply our daily
needs, but we would receive a white stone with a name written on it. This
is a new name which is to last for all of eternity, uniting us with God
and signifying our citizenship in His kingdom.
It is simply too easy to compromise with the world and even with
the Church around us. Living in the former Soviet Union we discovered
what the communist system did to the work ethic. Basically the work
ethic was completely destroyed. Everyone was paid the same amount of
money dependent on the job, not on performance. Therefore there was
peer pressure to be mediocre. If you came in and did a good job you
were ridiculed by those that worked with you until you finally would
come down to their level and live in peace with those around you.
The sad results of this mediocrity led to the demise of the Soviet
Union. Creativity was destroyed because it had been replaced with
paranoia. Therefore instead of designing new items, technology had to
be stolen from the rest of the world. As soon as the computer era began
technology changed at such a rapid pace that no longer could it be
stolen and adapted in a timely manner. The first gulf war revealed this
to the world as the Soviet technology appeared as if it were archaic
compared to that of the rest of the world.
And this is what happens to Christians who give in to the mediocrity
of the Christian life. Everything will eventually be lost if we are not
challenged to raise to higher heights. Sadly, when someone begins to
soar in their spiritual life they are often attacked by those around
them because it makes the others feel uncomfortable. However, giving
into peer pressure in regard to our spiritual lives has detrimental
I would like to encourage us to be motived by the old bread -- the
manna -- that God wants to provide for us. I would encourage us to be
willing to be aliens here on this earth and work toward our heavenly
citizenship. I want that new white rock!
The world may think we're crazy but may our motivation be to continue seeking God -- and work for the old bread and a rock!
Lord, please, help me to soar with You and not compromise with the world around me. Amen.