When in Rome....
You've probably heard the saying " When in Rome, do as the Romans do...". In fact, that's the way many of us Christians live our lives. We go through life acquiescing to the status quo, blending in like chameleons with the world system; everyday being business as usual.
Strangely though, this couldn't be further from what God has called us to be. He has called us to be "called out ones" - (Hebrews10:10) , and has given us very special instructions on what our life's purpose should involve. For every Christian, there is one mandate. We call it " The Great Commission" -
We don't have to wait for any special calling. We've already been called.That was Jesus' last message to us. We can actualize this calling in various ways, but never can we lose sight of it!
IBCM6 -International Brethren Conference on Mission
I recently had the privilege of attending IBCM6 in Rome. It was a mind-blowing experience, to say the least. What moved me most was being in the presence of believers in Jesus Christ who had such a clear focus of what their purpose was. I felt like I had been struggling so much before the conference to stay focused on Christ and on the Gospel, and on sharing that gospel with as many people as possible so that they could benefit from God's grace as well. I had gotten so caught up in "going with the flow" , you know- the daily mindless run on the treadmill of the world system. It goes something like - wake up too tired to spend proper time with God in the morning , rush to work to make enough money to survive, forget to share the gospel because I'm so focused on impressing my bosses ( or other people ), go back home too tired to spend proper time with God before I go to bed, and then do it all again. The conference totally sobered me up. I was reminded of the fact that we are ALL CALLED ,if we name the name of Christ, to obey His command. The Great Commission stands as a clear testament to what Christ would have us to do.
Of course, being around amazing people who spoke and prayed in their own languages was also incredibly overwhelming. There were one hundred and one countries accounted for, with over one thousand people. Hearing their voices, distinct yet united in worship, gave me a taste of what it must be like to experience the fullness of oneness in Christ, under the bond of the Holy Spirit.
My God knows that I love traveling and adventure, so He did not fail to let me do a little sight seeing to round off my trip. I managed to climb 320 stairs (AFTER the 200 stairs from the ground floor- don't worry, I took the elevator) to the top of the Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica and got a wonderful aerial of Rome. You can check out the short video below :
Disclaimer 1: I'm puffing like I'm dying because I am dying.
Disclaimer 2: When I say " this view of Italy", I mean "this view of Rome". At this point I was lacking oxygen in my brain. Forgive me...
All in all though, for me I can no longer just fit in to my cultural context and live for the same meaninglessness that I did before. I have to change. I have to do what I've been called to do. There's simply no other option!