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June 26, 2017, 9:10 AM

What have I Become?


Remember that part in the monster movie where the main bad guy has a moment of clarity and asks himself: "What have I become?"  Now this isn't in EVERY monster movie, but there are times when we get to see some transparency from our fictional bad guys. Most often though, this moment happens when the antagonist in the film was once a GOOD GUY!  <insert dramatic music here> I'm thinking along the lines of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde... 

The moment I just imagined is fictional indeed, with very little bearing on real life. Or is it? <insert dramatic music here> 
Asking ourselves what we've become, or are becoming is a good place to start each day. If we've allowed ourselves to turn away from our Christ-like transformations, we all need a moment of clarity and reassessment. 

No we're not becoming the bad guys... but we do risk letting ourselves slip away from being those that do good in this world. Being Christ-like takes our full attention and effort. 

We spent time with our topic of Joy yesterday (06/25/17), and practically speaking: are we bringing Joy to this world? Or are we a part of the regularly scheduled barrage of bad news this world already has enough of? Does our presence lighten a room, or ramp up the tension? Can we be trusted to see the best in a situation, or add to the worry and woe? If we answer no to any of these, we need to ask: What have I become? <insert dramatic music here>

2 Peter 1: 3 - 7  By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

 


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