Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
When I was growing up, my parents used to go to the national convention every year for the franchise business that my dad owned. It was always in the middle of our harsh Indiana winters, and it was always in an exotic location – how nice is that! One year, when the convention was in Florida, my parents decided to take an evening walk along the beach. A jelly-like blob caught my dad’s attention, so he walked over to it and kicked it in the direction of my mom, mainly to get a reaction out of her. To their surprise, it latched onto my mom’s leg and started stinging her. They had never seen one before, so how were they to know that it was actually a jellyfish that had washed up onto the shore? My mom felt the effects of that sting for many months after that.
Have you ever watched a jellyfish in the water? It is a strange-looking, spineless creature that floats effortlessly with the current. Though jellyfish do have their own locomotion system, they often drift wherever the current takes them. Looking at it from our human perspective, it doesn’t seem like it takes a whole lot of effort to be a jellyfish (as if they have a choice, right?).
Sadly, many Christians live their lives like the jellyfish. When it comes to standing up for what is right, they have no backbone whatsoever. They float in whatever direction the world is moving, and they are happy to just “go with the flow.” They want to look, act, and sound like the world so that no one would suspect that there might be something different about them. In fact, their Christian lives might be summed up in the same way that we might sum up a jellyfish in a non-scientific way – a blob.
Any spineless person can “go with the flow.” It takes someone with a backbone to go against the crowd and stand up for Jesus Christ. Determine to be a Christian who stands up for the gospel and for the Word of God instead of being a blob of a Christian who stands for nothing.
Read also: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Quote of the day: “We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.” – Theodore Roosevelt