leaving normal

rarely do i read scripture and feel like the wind has been knocked out of my chest. today was an exception. this morning i woke up and did a lot of stuff before opening up the Bible. i made coffee, breakfast, read some blogs, and pretty much forgot about God.

then i grabbed by Bible and started reading Mark 7. I read 1 sentence and closed the Bible.

“You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”

Now, normally this would draw my mind to the traditions of churches that seem to keep people from fully experiencing God. These could be a number of things that churches do to keep people from God. Ed Stetzer wrote via Twitter: “If I, as pastor, do for you what God has called you to do, I fail at my task, you fail at yours, & the mission of God suffers.”

But not today.

Today i was smacked in the face with my own hipocracy. You see, i read the verse slightly different. Because in our context, there aren’t a lot of things that are “traditions,” instead we use a different word: culture. There are so many things that are cultural norms that get in the way of knowing and being Christ today.

Here are a few “normals” for Adam Lehman that get in the way of following God’s commands:

  • I have a strong aversion to handling my money poorly.
  • It is normal for me to spend my money on myself instead of others.
  • It is normal for me to spend a lot of money to celebrate Christ’s birthday.
  • It is normal for me to ask “what can I get out of church” instead of “what can i give.”
  • It is normal for me to eat garbage.
  • It is normal for me to talk to those I know and avoid those i do not
  • It is normal for me to be selfish.
  • It is normal for me to play down my relationship with God in public.
  • It is normal for me to try and be cool rather than connecting with God.
  • It is normal for me to quickly pass judgments on others.

God. Help me to leave normal in pursuit of Your normal. Help me to find Your way. May my lifestyle be transformed to look more like Jesus everyday.

What are your “normals” that need to be left behind in order to follow God’s commandments?

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