When I’m 84

Alexandra Pennycook, Portrait of An Elderly Couple, used by permission of the artist (http://www.pennycook.com/)

Somewhere in our journey of life, we will encounter others who are growing old. How should we treat them? This is important seeing that eventually others will be asking the same question about us.

Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 23:33; Ecclesiastes 12:1-8; John 21:18-19

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Music: “When I’m Sixty-Four,” by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon, performed by The Hit Co., Love Songs: A Tribute to the Beatles, Planet Music, 2006.

Fox Byte #23: Scary Things Beneath the Surface

Encounter with a school of whales, from the 1968 Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine.
Encounter with a school of whales, from the 1968 Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine.

You may be thinking by now that this decision to follow Yeshua seems to come with obligations that weren’t in the original advertising.  It looks like there’s more to it than a simple agreement that we need Jesus, followed by peace and happiness for the rest of our lives.  In fact, there is far more to this life than we normally hear about in church.  We don’t really start to see the bigger picture until we decide to stop going through the motions of cultural Christianity and start really studying the Bible and living it out as the instruction manual for our lives.

It’s one thing to act like a follower of Yeshua when you’re in a crowd of people who say they follow Him; it’s quite another thing to act like a Yeshua follower when you’re in a hostile crowd, or when you’re all alone and no one is looking.  That’s when your true heart condition is revealed.  And, quite sadly, unless you’re open to the continual work of the Holy Spirit to change your heart, you’ll never be anything more than a surface dweller – a person who says they follow Yeshua, but never really digs deep to find out what that really means.

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