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Springfield Today June 26, 2018

June 27, 2018 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

I hesitate to tell you this about myself.  This open and honest confession will only make you think I’m weirder than you already think I am. But as a kid, growing up I didn’t know how to put on or take off my socks.  I know, I know – how difficult can it be?  I mean you just stick your foot in, slip them on, pull them up and presto magic you have your socks on.  I know.

But for some reason my eye, hand, and foot coordination just didn’t work right.  Somehow, no matter how careful I tried to be, the heel would end up on top of my foot or on the side.  I just couldn’t get the hang of putting on my socks.  And don’t tell me about the line that goes across the toes, I know all about it. It didn’t help me. And I not only had problems putting them on but I had just as much trouble getting them off.  They just seemed, once they were on, to be super glued to the back of my heel.  I’d pull down the top and it became a nightly struggle to get the thing over my heel.

I remember how I would beg my mom to help me either put on or take off my socks.  And she absolutely refused.  She’d say things like, “You’re old enough to do it yourself.”

I’d beg and she’d say, “No.”

I’d plead and she’d say, “No.”

She’d say, “You’ve got to learn.  All the other kids will know how.  You’ll be the only one who can’t put on his socks.  You’ll be embarrassed next year, when you start college, if you can’t put your socks on yet.”       And so I’m sure, thinking that it was for my own good, she refused to help.

And so the bottom line became I would have to learn to put on and take off my own socks.  Proudly I can report to you today, after 62 years of practice, most of the time, I have mastered the art of putting on and taking off my socks.

Big deal.  Big deal.  What does that have to do with anything – even remotely spiritual?  Simply this, I’m not the only one who sometimes struggles with taking off or putting on something.  There is often a struggle when it comes to taking off the old self and putting on the new self.  And no one can do that for you but you, as you respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.

In fact this is the very thing Paul was challenging the Ephesian people with, in the fourth chapter of his letter to them, and now God is challenging us to make sure we have taken off the old and have put on the new self.

In that letter Paul told them and us some pretty amazing stuff that God wants to do in each one of our lives, and our marriages and families, and our emotions.  It almost sounds too good to be true.

But Jesus Christ has paid the price.  He has provided a way for each one of us to experience His amazing grace no matter who we are or what we’ve been involved in.  He wants each one of us to know what it means to have Christ in us, and for Christ to dwell right smack in the middle of every situation of life we encounter.  He wants us to experience what it means to live with a purpose bigger than ourselves.  He wants us to be involved in a mission bigger than self.

The thing is that some were right within that church that wasn’t experiencing the joy and the delight of God’s remarkable grace.  Some of them were continually being defeated.  Some were allowing the struggles of life to eat away at them and get the best of them.  And I’m persuaded, based on what Paul says in this fourth chapter, that the struggles they were experiencing had everything to do, everything to do, with putting off the old self and putting on the new self.

Are you allowing God to empower you to take off the old and put on the new?  That’s when you’ll experience all that He has promised.

 

What You Need to Know…

TOMORROW June 27th from 3:30-6:30pm
Call 241-7550 for an appointment
Or just show up!!

Have you started inviting kids to our VBS?
Sunday, July 15th – Thursday, July 19th from 6:15-8:30pm
Ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to attend.
VBS Volunteer meals will be served Sunday from 5:15-6:15pm (cookies only) & Monday-Thursday from 5:15-6:45pm

We are in need of supplies for the Craft Station at VBS.  Can you donate? Simply take a donation card from the display at the kids’ check-in and bring the donation to the church NO LATER then SUNDAY, JULY 1st.

 

 

 

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