Do you remember where you were when you made the switch from black and white television to color? I do. It was in the mid-70’s. My older brother David had graduated high school that year and landed his first job at McDonald’s. He decided to “treat” our family with a new color television. It was a 25” floor model. In that moment when the color television was turned on, there was so much more light and vibrancy…life! The awe and wonder of this exchange was overwhelming. I thought I was in one of the wealthiest families on the block! I remember thinking “life can’t get any better than this!”
The changing over from black and white to color television is a wonderful description on what happens the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts and decide to follow Him. We are no longer the same. We have moved from darkness to light. There is a joy that comes with Christ’s forgiveness and this new life of holiness.
1 Peter 2:9 describes the transformation this way, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
But can life get any better than the moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? It should! In fact we should never stop growing and discovering what it means for us to be Christ’s disciples. Sadly, however, many Christians and many churches are living in “black and white” instead of in “living color!” In fact, we are encouraged to keep improving – moving on to perfection through the work of the Holy Spirit! (Phil. 3:12).
During the month of October, we will be exploring what it looks like to do ministry in color! In fact you will have a chance to discover the primary ministry colors God has placed in you as well as our congregation through a spiritual gifts assessment. The sermon series is called, “In Living Color,” and we will be using The Three Colors of Ministry Spiritual Gifts survey by Natural Church Development. I encourage you not to miss a single Sunday in October. We need every color represented at Mt. Carmel!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Mary Miller