When my boss wrote to me and said “Mark you’re emails are sounding more like mine” I had to take a step back. I re read my emails to him and realised with some relief that actually because I add in to my emails, my version of as many Bible quotes as I can ( such as “Without vision the people will perish”) that actually may be it was he who was thinking more like me!
Galatians 1 v 4 says:
“who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father”
We easily recognize that Jesus Christ died for our sins. But why? “. . . that He might deliver us from this present evil age.”
The word translated “deliver” does not just mean being delivered from bondage ( yes I know it is an old word but it is the best I can come up with this morning), the way the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt. It means instead, “rescued from the power of.” The meaning “delivery away from” may be implied so I read in my concordance , but that is not the main meaning here. The power of this present world in which we live can be found I believe in its ability and power to make an impression upon us or make us conform to its ways.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 5 v 10, “I didn’t mean that you should go out of the world, but rather that you should not fellowship with one who is a brother and who has this sin.” He is not talking about leaving a place but about being rescued from the power of this world as it tries to get its ideas, manners, ways, customs, and traditions in to our heads and hearts. Paul reiterates this in Romans 12 v 2 “Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mould” he says. That is what we have been delivered from—not God’s law, but the power of the world to squeeze us into its mould.
So although we do have a responsibility to behave in a certain way at work depending on our Job descriptions etc, there is a much more important requirement in play.. as a Christian God is continuing to mould and make me into who he wants me to be.. may be round, may be square but I am His creation and I need to be on guard that I don’t become anything else or I will become a round peg in a square hole and that just doesn’t fit!
Have a good week and stay safe – wow it’s windy!