What is the Same in Our Very Different World? A Stewardship Meditation by Janet Conrad
My father was a big man with a big belly. He had a favorite lounge chair where he would sit and listen to baseball games on his transistor radio, watch television, or read the Bible. His strong sense of right and wrong indelibly influenced my formative years. When he got older he would often be dismayed by the changes in the world he did not consider for the better. He would sit in his big lounge chair, folding his arms across his big belly, shake his head and declare, “It’s a different world!” I often wonder what he would think of the world today if he were still alive. I believe he would still be crossing his arms across his big belly and declaring: “It’s a different world!” Paul’s letter to the Romans reminds us of what is not different about our world. He reminds us of what we are called to be and do as followers of Christ. These are universal, unaffected by the times and the changes in our world. Love, zeal, hope, patience, perseverance, hospitality, prayer, humility, service, good, nobility, peace. These are the things we pray for in our world—and the things we, as disciples of Christ, are called to be and do. There’s not much wiggle room. We are called to do what is right and hold fast to what is good. I am also reminded of the passage in Micah 6:8: He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
God is not different—his love is unchanging. He is always with us and seeks to have a closer relationship with us – always. When we have a close relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, the ideals we are to hold dear become clearer and easier to uphold in spite of our changing world. We must work at that relationship – daily, weekly – through prayer, worship, reading scripture, service, relationships with other followers of Jesus, and giving of our time, talents, and resources. These are the marks of being a disciple of Christ. Through them, we can establish and maintain the foundation that upholds our Christian beliefs.