As I was walking around campus this afternoon, I thought, "Homecoming week gives everybody such a good opportunity to step out and be somebody else or step out of their comfort zone and express themselves more."
There are two ways I want to take this spiritually: (1) don't be somebody else on the outside that isn't a direction reflection of what's on the inside and (2) step out of your comfort zone when it comes to spreading the Gospel.
From the Inside Out we should be striving to do His will. We can't be putting on a show on the outside just for everyone to see. We've got to make sure our heart reflects what we're doing on the outside. Christ tells us in Matthew 23:27 not to be a white-washed tomb, which "appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness." God knows our hearts. He knows our true motives behind everything we do, say, and think. Don't be a white-washed tomb.. don't be beautiful on the outside and dead on the inside. Homecoming week gives us the freedom to be somebody else each day than what's on the inside, but we can't do that with our spiritual life.
Monday was "Meet the King Monday" (aka dress up Monday). Everyone wore their Sunday best! I only wear a dress to school if something special is going on so that is twice maybe three times a year, and Monday was one of those times. Today was "Old Time Rock & Roll". I wore a poodle skirt, my hair curled with a pink bow. Other people wore 80s attire. This is not our normal day-to-day outfits. Tomorrow is "Back in Black", so everyone will be decked out in all black. Lastly, Thursday is school spirit day! It is the day to really let your school spirit shine dressed in blue & gold! On all of these days, most people go out of their comfort zone and bust their bubble.
When it comes to spreading the Gospel, we, as Christians, may have to step out of our comfort zone a little and bust our bubbles to reach somebody. Whether it is someone like us or someone with a different background, different style, or whatever... we may have to go out of our way to bring someone to Christ. But if we just simply go out of our way just a little bit, we could change their eternity... not just their life here on earth, but their eternity. In the book, "The Lunch Ladies" by Philip Jenkins, he talks about reaching out to people, and one thing he really hits on is, "We must be awkward so they (the people we're reaching out to" don't have to be. Everybody is going to have different barriers to cross when it comes to evangelizing. So think about what yours is, work on overcoming it. Wearing these different outfits to school is a little bit awkward... it's not the "norm", but it is fun and rewarding when we look back on the pictures in the years to come. Telling someone about Jesus is a little bit awkward.. it's not the "norm", but when we get to Judgment Day, and we get to walk through those pearly gates with someone we told about Jesus... think about how rewarding that will be.
Lastly, on Friday night, on senior maid will be crowned homecoming queen. We bought the crown off the internet for 30 something dollars. She will be titled the "2015 Tupelo High School Homecoming Queen". This is such a huge honor for a young lady because she was voted on for this title by her fellow classmates. They think enough of her for her to represent our class as THE homecoming queen.
On Judgment Day, more than one person will be receiving a crown. Those who have been added to Christ's Church through baptism (Acts 2:38-47) and who have stayed faithful throughout the rest of their life will receive a crown... an eternal crown after this race, we call life, is run.
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown." - I Corinthians 9:24-25