Staff Corner - Pastor Todd Killmeyer
Act Your Age, Not Your Shoe Size
Some of us remember our parents saying this phrase as a rebuke when we were acting a little immature as we were growing up. For me growing up, I was always the tallest child in the class up until high school. To give this scenario some perspective, I was 6’ 2” in sixth grade and I have not grown a millimeter since! And when I was about 10 years old, I remember being a bit of a pain to my parents this one day. I would like to tell you this was a rare occurrence, or I had a good reason for being a difficult 10-year-old, but those would be atrocious lies. During a little verbal confrontation with my mother, she shouted out at me, “WILL YOU ACT YOUR AGE AND NOT YOUR SHOE SIZE!” Unfortunately for her, my shoe size was 13 and my age was 10, which brought our verbal confrontation to a standstill. Then we both had a good laugh and moved past our confrontation.
Although my experience with this phrase is an exception to the rule of the phrase, “Act your age, not your shoe size,” this phrase can certainly be applied to our lives as Christians. Let’s face it, if we look at our lives as Christians, and then we look at what the Bible says how we should be, we notice there is a gap. Just look at the convicting verse found in 1 Peter 1:15-16 “but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” That is our standard! HOLINESS!
If I am honest with you, I can tell you when I woke up this morning, I can tell you I was anything but holy. I know I am not the only one, in fact, I know my wife would say she probably isn’t holy until she has her morning cup of coffee. Our problem is that we still struggle with sin. We may be fighting the good fight, but we fall short of God’s standard of holiness, and instead we start “acting our shoe size” as Christians.
Now I am not sure how the Holy Spirit is working in your life to make you more like Christ, but I can speak to my own experience with sin in my life. I can tell you that at least part of the reason we fall short of holiness and sin, is simply because we like to sin. If we were honest with ourselves, we would see that we “act our shoe size” by sinning, because it gives us pleasure. It is easier to lie to our annoying family members than to tell them the difficult truth and deal with the messiness of relationship building. It is a lot more fun to ignore the issues in our lives and escape into a drunken stupor. It gives us momentary happiness when we walk out of Wal-Mart without paying for something we forgot that was in our shopping cart than to go back in and pay for it. And honestly who wouldn’t want to stick-it-to-the-man, by fudging the numbers on our taxes. In part, we like to sin. In part, we even find pleasure and acceptance in sin. Sometimes sin even gives us the illusion of truly being free.
But the truth is we are given a choice of who to follow. As a child of God, we can choose to follow Christ instead. This is the beauty of being united in Christ! As Paul says in Romans 6:4 “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Paul says we are united in Christ. This means that our old selves have been buried with Christ, and just as Christ rose again, we rose so that we could “walk in newness of life.” And this is the truth. The life Christ has given us is new and is one of obedience out of love. We may struggle with sin, and sometimes be immature enough to “act our shoe size,” but the key to walking in our new life, is to love Christ more than we love our sin. I know this is easier said than done. But so is loving our sinful spouses, our sinful children, our sinful parents, and our sinful friends and family members. But we choose to love them more all the time. Therefore, choose to love Christ more, strive to love Christ more, seek Him, and walk in the new life Christ has given you, and be thankful for it! Join us this Sunday as we will study together Romans 6:1-14.
Praying with you,