Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Paving Our Own Path with God
Acts 16: 25-34
  
Abraham M. Cherukara

Carmel MTC, Boston, MA

27 "When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. "

To the audience looking in, doesn't it seem odd that in this particular scenario, the jailer's first inclination was to attempt to kill himself? When we try to dissect the true indication behind the jailer's actions, we stumble across a concept that is widely prevalent in today's society; conformity.
As with everything extreme in human nature, we seek to identify a logical justification that would make it acceptable in our own selfish minds to carry out these actions. We may find two possible reasons how the jailer could justify his morbidity; fear of punishment and the fear of persecution. Focusing primarily on the latter, the fear of persecution and public humiliation from the surrounding community for his supposedly  'perceived ineptitude' and 'inadequacy' echoes loudly as a common sentiment in today's generation seldom choosing an IDENTITY of their own, but rather conforming to an already established one.
Why is it, we humans, allow the perception of human judgment and ridicule to hinder us from attaining personal happiness and success? We live in a world where we conform to the ideals and already paved path that is laid out before us. We feel that if we seek to choose a path for ourselves or 'go against the norm,' we would be labeled as having gone 'astray.' We become part of the proverbial 'lost sheep' when we begin to have doubts about our own voices and opinions. We would  rather conform to the ideologies and beliefs of those around us than begin to pursue our own hopes and dreams.
As we are molded in the image of our creator, each one of us is unique in a way that allows us to be wrong and yet forgiven, tainted yet accepted and persecuted yet loved. As Christians, there will be times when we are challenged off the 'well worn path,' and rather than suffering the fear of persecution, we should have the inner belief that whatever path we make for ourselves, it will be deemed a worthy one if we travel it with our heavenly Father.

PRAYER

Oh Lord, we ask You for the courage and guidance to help us comprehend our potential as Christians and lead a life that is blameless in Your eyes. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31-32.