To Do or Not To Do

A movie blog this week.

Have a look at something from 2013.

Yes, I know it’s hardly hot news.

But timeless can be timely.

The best friend and I went to see Milton Jones at the Guildhall just before lockdown. Totally amusing.

Click here to see MJ in puzzled / pensive mood, tipping a nod to Monty Python, wondering what Christianity has ever really done for the world.

(And don’t forget to come back to this page or you’ll miss the punchline.)

OK - off you go. See you again in precisely 1 minute 43 seconds …

Right … seen it?

What did you think?

Last week in this blog we looked at how acorns become oaks. Well, in principle at least.

Metamorphosis. Transformation. Transfiguration, even.

And we took a sneak peek at Romans 12:2.

Let’s rewind a verse to Paul’s words in Romans 12:1:
‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.’

Offer my body as a living sacrifice?

Sounds a bit uncomfortable to me. Grizzly for sure. Yucky, even.

The Victorian cricketer and missionary C. T. Studd said, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him”.

And Paul wrote to another young church (in Ephesus) that they had been saved by grace through faith to do good works that God had prepared for them in advance.

And you may have heard about the parable of the talents where Jesus said we should use the gifts and abilities we’ve been given to help others.

Back to Milton.

With whom I agree when he wonders if Christianity is a bit weird - which it certainly is if we stop at the ‘being saved’ bit.

Which is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called ‘cheap grace’. (German pastor Bonhoeffer was murdered for his faith by the Nazis in 1945).

And if we live out our faith sacrificially (‘offering our bodies’ as Paul said) it costs.
But there’s no other way to be.

Bonhoeffer again: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die”. (Which of course includes ladies too.)

And Jesus: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

God’s given us all stuff to do.

It’s like a virtuous cycle: transforming, doing, transforming, doing …
“Jesus came to identify with the suffering of ordinary people”.

Any ordinary people you know come to mind?

Hey!

Let’s get doing.

Angus Lyon