Okay, Smartie, What Do You Think About
By Bob Slosser
CBN.com Many of you know that my wife, Gloria, and I were
converted to Christ at the same time under the ministry of our
beloved friend Harald Bredesen in our own living room kneeling
before our couch. Why kneeling? I dont know. Harald suggested
it, I guess, although he's not a big kneeler these days. As with
us, theres always the chance he might not be able to get up.
But that was a long time ago. We were mere children well, younger
Yesterday, riding up Shore Drive in Virginia Beach on the way
to one of a zillion doctors I seem to lean on, I gazed at what
was once a stirring view of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.
It now features row after row of condos and other styles of
apartment living and fast food. I dreamed lazily of that time
outside New York 37 years ago.
"What change did that make, you know, right away?"
I said. Gloria had grown up with the church somewhere around
but not at the center. She had been baptized as an infant, but
little happened, as far as she was aware. She went to church
sometimes; also to Sunday school and to Sunday evening youth
group sporadically usually in the Methodist Church, although
she had been baptized at an Episcopal Church. But there was
little "living" or "lively" about it, as
far as she recalls.
You know me. The change was monumental preceded by nothing
basically. I dabbled as a child one summer in a Baptist church
with its summer vacation school in Guthrie, Oklahoma, plus I
had a few talks with a friendly pastor as a young adult in Maine,
who thought he detected a spark in the heart (he may have been
Gloria, always thoughtful in contrast to her hip-shooting husband,
said yesterday, in answer to my question, "Purpose, I guess,
you know, a sense of purpose."
Does that sound familiar? Its a marvelous answer, I think.
A bit jealous, I sulked. She soon added, "Futility . .
. it left you know . . . there was purpose."
I pulled on my lip. Purpose, I thought hmm. This is four
hours later. I hate thoughtful answers. I never have them.
Paul referred to the "eternal purpose" that God "accomplished
in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11, NIV). The NIV
Study Bible writes this about the eternal purpose: "The
effective headship of Christ over a united church is in preparation
for his ultimate assumption of headship over the universe."
The study Bible refers back to chapter 1:10, where Paul spoke
of the mystery of Gods will "according to His good pleasure,
which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the
times will have reached their fulfillment to bring all things
in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ."
My beloved thinks in heady ways always has. To be aware of
purpose upon conversion far exceeds my little thoughts of peace
and happiness. As usual, I thought of myself and my things first.
Oh well, at least I know enough to ask questions. Tell me, how
would you reply about your conversion? If youre unconverted,
this is good fodder for thinking.
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