Updated: Aug 12, 2019
This past Sunday we baptized a man who chose to follow Jesus with his life. He is new to the Christian faith and wanted to symbolize his new life in Christ. One of the messages he shared with our faith community was pasted across the back of his new baptismal clothes: “less drama."
I was looking for a parking space in a jam-packed parking lot at Costco. Cars were stalled in line as a person decided to back their large luxury SUV into a parking space. Another driver got annoyed with them and made a rude gesture. I was waiting for the parking space next to the large SUV. As I was waiting for the SUV driver, they yelled back, "Enjoy your entitlement!" I almost added to the drama by shouting out, "And you too!" I refrained much to my wife's delight. I avoided the drama.
We can be a part of or get caught up in what we refer to as drama. I find that some people can't help but create tension because of their own anxious needs and fears that lead to harmful and sometimes toxic relationships. These people make life more stressful and complicated because fear and feelings of inadequacy drive them.
“Turn The Other Cheek”
I think a new life with Christ is not without its challenges, but agree with the brother we baptized on Sunday that it is a life with less drama. When we put our hope in Christ, we put our confidence in the one who said to us "turn the other cheek." When we turn the other cheek, we are saying to others that we are not going to get caught up in their anger. This behavior will lead to less drama.
"When we put our hope in Christ, we put our confidence in the one who said to us 'turn the other cheek.'"
Jesus taught people to love their enemies. I think when we engage in being kind to those who hate us we will have less drama from them. Hateful and angry people can't handle people who aren't offensive and hostile. It does not feed their desire to be angry and bitter.
The biblical author, Paul, picked up on Jesus’ teaching and wrote, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:17-18, NIV).
"Jesus gives us hope in a world that seeks to get even."
Jesus gives us hope in a world that seeks to get even. To follow Jesus is to live and lean into a life with less drama.
This weekend we continue our sermon series called “Identity Crisis" and will look at a life defined by hope rather than hate.
We'd love to see you Sunday!
Join us on Sunday at 9:30 am as we talk about, "Identity Crisis."
How do we make sense of who we are and who God created us to be? Seeking clarity in these areas has the potential to redirect our lives in helpful and hopeful ways. "Identity Crisis," a three week conversation about faith, hope, and love, may just redefine your life.
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