Opposite Day All Day!
Picture this: mixed matched socks; half my hair up, half down; noncomplimentary colored outfits. Opposite day was my favorite day of spirit week…next in line with pajama day. My outfit never made sense and was questionable. (The good thing is that I don't have any pictures from this day so thank you, Jesus!) I looked like a crazy person because on opposite day, everything was backward and it wasn't just my outfit. When I was asked something, instead of saying yes, I would say no.
Don't get me wrong, as much as I enjoyed being a goofball and doing the opposite of what the norm was; it felt weird. It may have been fun and all, but it wasn't natural. But isn't it this how worshipping Christ is?
As I've been learning more and more about Christ, the more I realize that to follow Christ indeed is do the opposite of what the society considers normal.
Spiritual Maturity vs. Worldly Maturity:
Were the world considers a person mature based on how well the person can control and communicate their emotions and their perspective, the spiritual maturity focuses on one's growth with Christ and how they allow that to infect every aspect of their lives. Spiritual maturity is when we understand how much more we ought to be like him and humble ourselves because we recognize who we are and who he is.
'Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained. Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us. For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself.'
Most of the time, we choose to love those who have shown us that they love us. We say I love you to those who have said it to us. Worldly love is conditional because it fluctuates left and right. However, Christ calls to care for not just those who love us but those who hate us. Our love for people must be unconditional just like the love Christ has for us.
' “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.'
Worth & Value:
Not going to lie, this one bothers me because we are told that a person is valuable based on what we see of them but to be a follower of Christ, this is far from the truth. Society will say that a person is worthy of our time if they have the proper education, a great job, has a family, and their possessions have monetary value. Though spiritually worth is determined by the Creator. You are valuable not because of all you've accomplished in life but on who created you. Your worth is found in the love of Christ, not in the love of worldly possessions.
'But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! So that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. '
This one is, but I'm still going to break it down: we are called to treat others the very same way we love. We don't just treat those who love us well, but everyone well. If someone wrongs you, you are not called to give them the same way form of treatment or resent them but to love them regardless.
'Therefore, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the devil an opportunity. Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.'
See what I'm saying, opposite day is the best! To follow Christ means to go opposite of what your flesh and the world says. It's easier to treat those you love well and those who hurt you the same way, but you don't get to do that anymore as a Child of God. You must choose to love. You must decide to care more. You must make the decision to forgive. You must validate others just because they are valuable to God.
Next time when you want to say something, feel some type of way, or do anything, think and ask yourself this very question I ask myself: is what I'm saying, feeling, or doing in alignment with the Spirit of God? If the answer is no, then it's time to check yourself.
Until next time...