Last week we had a mission team staying at our church. They went to Washington, DC on a day off from their labors on Thursday. On the way back they stopped at Roy Rogers for dinner. The kids had done fund raisers for their mission trip and were allowed to order whatever they wanted to eat so nobody was paying that much attention to what they were ordering.
A ninety pound, thirteen year old young man placed his order and thought he was ordering an eight piece chicken tender meal. You and I would have seen the description and price and we would have known it was not an eight piece chicken tenders meal, but an eight piece chicken dinner for four people with sides and biscuits. One of the adults was passing out the food as it came out of the kitchen and was set on the counter for the group. The adult was befuddled when they said, “8 piece chicken meal, is this ours?” I had to get a picture of the young man who unknowingly ordered the 8 piece chicken dinner. He did not realize what he had coming to him.
Sometimes as followers of Jesus, we misunderstand what we have coming to us. We pray for salvation and commit to follow Jesus and we think we have peace and security coming our way. We think we can go on living the same exact way we were living before, the only difference being we have added Jesus to our life. I do not know why we think that. A life of truly following Him turns our world upside down. A life following Him angers the enemy of God. Acts 26:18 says followers of Jesus will, “…open their eyes and turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God…” How do you think the enemy of God will react to that change in you? You are going to be in a struggle. The struggle is real, but remember the battle belongs to the Lord. So stay close to Him.
This is a good word for us all, but I have on my mind today those from North Lewisburg UMC as they return to their normal lives after serving Jesus in such a mighty way last week. Last week they were ships sailing together in an armada. This week the enemy will have a chance to get them alone. When you are vulnerable, double down on your Bible study and prayer time. Do not let the enemy get you alone. Stay close to God.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~ Ephesians 6:12
You’re right, most people can say they believe in Jesus and recognize he is our savior, but keep sometimes don’t realize the kind of commitment they are really doing.