7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
“I’ll have your order up in a moment, Ma’am,”
the hostess said as I waited at the counter of one of my favorite restaurants. I was looking forward to my lunch. I brought a salad to school and I ordered a pint of my favorite aged-balsamic salad dressing. Tangy, sweet and savory all stirred up into one delicious hot mess. I know—I need therapy.
As the hostess approached the counter, I eyed the small container in her hand. Too small. I readied myself for battle. I had been through this before.
“That will be $7.95 for your pint of dressing.”
I said, with utmost gentleness, “Miss, that isn’t a pint. It’s only a cup.”
“Oh no, Ma’am,” she said firmly, “it’s a pint. The cooks measured it in the kitchen.”
“They may have measured it, but I assure you, it is not a pint—it is a cup,” I stated decisively.
“Ma’am, we looked it up on Google (the ultimate authority). It is a pint.”
“I am a teacher. We cover measurements and conversions at school. Plus, I have been cooking for 35 years, I know a cup when I see it. I’d like the rest of my dressing, please.” I was calm despite the twitch in my jaw muscle.
The conflicted clerk then said, “Ma’am, we measure our pints differently than anyone else. This is how we measure our pint.”
I didn’t think I’d live to see the day … pink is the new black. Wrong is right. Up is down. A cup is the new pint. Can we count on anything, anymore?
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The word same in the verse above is derived from the Greek word autos and it simply means himself. No kidding. Jesus is simply, magnificently Himself. Not new and improved. Not updated or upgraded. Jesus. Go back up to the verse and replace the same with himself and read the verse out loud. Hallelujah! We can count on Jesus. He will always be himself (I on the other hand have been several different versions of myself and God is still working on me). He is our rock our strong tower and His word will outlive skinny jeans and boots, your latest tat, selfie sticks and designer cupcakes.
With Christ I don’t need to remake myself every day because He is making me over into the image of Christ. Because Jesus never changes, I know who I am, I know whose I am, I know how to act and I know how to live.
Right is still right, wrong is still wrong. God is on his throne and HE NEVER CHANGES!
Just in case you are wondering, I left the restaurant with a pint of balsamic dressing … old school style.
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Jane VanOsdol says
I love this! I’ve had several versions of my younger self as well over the years, often based on styles and fads. But I’ve found my best self is the one that follows Jesus.
Oh, and I’m glad you left with the pint!!
Unfortunately you had to put up with all the different versions of “Mary” through the years!
Jane VanOsdol says
Haha! I’m sure there was “putting up” on both sides!