Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: August
Normal or More Than Normal?
Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ,
I trust that this finds you well and enjoying the summer months where the days are much longer, and we can enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. I remember watching a movie and one of the actors, while looking down from a helicopter window, said, “It’s all green!” One of summertime’s colors is green.
August is the month where a ‘countdown’ begins for lots of people. In August, we begin the countdown for the beginning of a new school year and the yellow buses begin to reappear on our roads in the morning and afternoon. August is the month where we begin to think about the ‘last’ holiday of summer; Labor Day. Hunters start thinking about the upcoming deer season.
But by the end of August, in the minds and daily activities of many, everything goes back to being ‘normal’ again. Gardens are finished putting off their vegetables. Vacations have been taken. The children are back in school. Everything is back to normal. Normalcy in the secular world may be seen as something that we want, but do we want to have what many would consider to be a ‘normal’ Christian life?
Jesus’ half-brother Jude writes of the salvation that has been given to us in a way that takes ‘common’ to a different level, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Salvation is ‘common’ or available for all men, but that salvation can come under attack at any time. Jude next warns of men that come in and turn the grace of God into ‘lasciviousness’, or immorality. You see, there is a ‘salvation’ that is common, but man can take it and turn it into something else.
Let me challenge you to not be tempted by the chills and thrills of today’s ‘salvation’. Too many ‘Christians’ are no longer in search of the Message of the Gospel that challenges the heart and mind of believers to do extraordinary things beyond themselves for Christ, but they look for a scintillating moment that will not hold up under the attacks of the Enemy or temptation of the world when they come.
A preacher friend of mine described these folks like this, “5 miles wide and about 2 inches deep”. Ezekiel 47 tells us of waters so deep that you can swim in them. Let’s determine to finish the year strong in waters to swim in. Let’s be more than ‘normal’ in Jesus’ Name.
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell