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I get caught up in worrying about my image. That may be a surprise to people who have known me for a long time, but it’s true. As a Christian and more so as a pastor/minister this gets worse. I really want to be what Paul says “all things to all people” at least I want to be like what I think that means. The problem is…I’m not. I was looking back on some of my sermons the other day and unbeknownst to most people I make jokes in my sermons, but as I’m listening to my sermons I laugh hysterically at my own jokes, but then I realize that no one else is laughing (well almost no one). When I try to engage in conversations about Aussie sports, it takes people about five seconds to realize I know nothing. Moreover, I often find myself eating with my mouth full while in lunch meetings and I always seem to trip over my own feet at least once during any meeting. I know I’m not alone. I knew someone once who managed to trip over a cord on state at a Church which pulled down a couple Christmas trees and all the other Christmas decorations on the stage…two years in a row. Not all of us can be the picture of cool. I get what Solomon said when we said “all is vanity”. We work so hard for the “cool factor” to be acceptable to everyone, but many of us fail, I mean, that’s vanity right, working for something that is an impossible and unnecessary goal.
We have to understand what Paul meant by being “all things to all people” by looking at what other things Paul says. In Galatians 1:10, he says that you can’t be a servant of Christ while trying to please men. Or Colossians 3:23 he says whatever I do I do for God not for men. Jesus says, in Mathew 6 that we shouldn’t practice our righteousness before men in order to be seen by them. See there’s hope for the socially unacceptable. You don’t have to please men to please God. You don’t have to be cool to the world to be loved by God. In fact, scripture says that trying to please man makes it harder to please God. Don’t worry about what other people think of you or your social graces (or lack of) rather, in all you do, do it for His glory

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Erik Liljegren

Erik Liljegren

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