Electric blanket anyone?

I loved the house I grew up in, mostly because my father built it. When my parents married, they purchased a piece of property and they built a little 400 sq. ft. house on it. They enjoyed that little house through the birth of my two older sisters and myself, all the while building a larger home on the front end of the property. When I was 2 months old, we moved into the ‘big’ house.

During the majority of my growing up years, we had no air conditioning or heat. Our summer days were spent with open windows and portable fans. The winter months, even in South Florida, were spent either by the fireplace or under mounds of blankets. If you were lucky when you got older, you were given an electric blanket. (I guess they had concerns about bed-wetters up until then.)

With the blizzards up north the last few weeks I’ve been reminded of those electric blanket 2days growing up without heat in the house. I really empathize with families and their plight, particularly those who lose their electricity in the midst of the storm. It must be terrifying especially when you have elderly parents and/or small children. It’s a huge undertaking to keep everyone safe and warm.

Our frosty South Florida nights (which happened about 3 times a year if that) were a bit less perilous; however, my turn with the electric blanket brought a sense of warmth, comfort and even laziness. In my small mind, it pretty much made me queen and I was invincible.

So let me ask you—how invincible do you feel under the blanket of salvation? Are you using it like an electric blanket to keep you warm and energized in Christ or maybe comfortable and lazy? Do you behave under the cover of salvation the way you did before you accepted the Lord as your savior? Do you believe this blanket to be permissive, a free pass to poor behavior or is it an opportunity to shine in the light of Jesus?

Electric blankets like salvation have generally the same purpose. They are designed as a covering to bring comfort, warmth and a means to get to the end—the blanket gets you through the cold nights and salvation gets you to eternity with Jesus. But if we’re not using either for its intended purpose, we put ourselves in jeopardy.

Today I see so many Christians who use the covering of salvation not in the way it was intended. I’m not being judgmental and I can say that I have fallen prey as well. Sometimes we act much like we did before the start of our relationship with Christ. Christian gals live with their boyfriends and don’t wait until marriage to have sex, there’s cursing, cheating on taxes or working “under the table”. There’s also promoting hateful speech (I’ve noticed plenty during this political season), tolerance of sin, lack of the gospel being shared, and perhaps we just don’t love people like Christ loves us. Some of us can even be overachievers and miss what God has for us. We become so involved in being busy doing what we think is God’s work, but never spend quality time with Him. (Luke 10:38)

God calls us to be transformed (Romans 12:2, 2 Cor 5:17) and not conformed to this world. We need to treat the covering of salvation as the precious gift it was intended to be—a sacred covenant with our Lord and Savior, which requires us to have the mindset of Christ. If you choose to treat your salvation like an electric blanket because it makes you feel warm, fuzzy and you believe the things of this world can be hidden under it, let me caution you. Sometimes the electric can go out in the midst of a storm and thus rendering your covering useless. In essence, you’ll find yourself left out in the cold. (Matt 25)

My mom used to say, “If you’re unsure of what you’re doing is right or wrong, just ask yourself if this is what you want to be doing when Jesus returns.” Ouch! I’d say that’s a pretty hot answer.

Until next time, stay chic

Vicki

Luke 10:38 (ESV) Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Romans 12:2 (ESV) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Matthew 25 (NIV) “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

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