As you celebrate God’s good gift of Sabbath today, here is a question from the Heidelberg Catechism to ponder. . . Question 32. . . “But why are you called a Christian?”
The Catechism provides an answer that reminds us of the glorious fact of whose we are, what we are, how we are to live in this world, and beautiful reality of what we have to look forward to when life on this earth ends. . .
“Because by faith I am a member of Christ and so I share in his anointing. I am anointed to confess his name, to present myself to him as a living sacrifice of thanks, to strive with a good conscience against sin and the devil in this life, and afterward to reign with Christ over all creation for all eternity.”
We are called to live truly counter-cultural lives.
Here is a prayer from today’s entry in the devotional book Seeking God’s Face that can and should be our earnest prayer both today and everyday. . .
“King of heaven and earth, today there is a clash of kingdoms, and as I share in Christ’s anointing, I have a holy calling – to confess the Prince of Peace, offer every day of my life for your service, and fight against sin and the devil. Holy Spirit, anoint me with boldness and courage to live out this calling wherever I am today. Amen.”