Called Out: Royal Cro n
Royal Cro n
By Tunrade Schumann
There is an RC Cola bottling company in our town. It’s a fairly large building in a high-traffic part of the city. Everyone knows it’s there and uses it as a landmark (which I found amusing when moving from Atlanta – it’s not exactly The Big Chicken.)
Until about three months ago, there were large letters on the side of the building facing the road that read “ROYAL CRO N.” The “W” fell off the wall shortly after we moved to Arkansas, and it was over a year before they finally reinstalled that missing letter. It was lying on the ground beside the building for months, waiting for someone to come and fix it. The building became a joke for my husband and me; even now, we still call the factory the Royal Cron.
“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.”
-1 Peter 2:9
When we were lost in darkness, God brought us into His light. He took us, in all our filth, and made us holy – and He has called us to declare that transformation to the world.
But sometimes we are missing our “W”. We allow sin into our life and let it stay. We gossip, we belittle, and we deceive. Those around us, both Christians and non-Christians, can see that we are not as we should be, and yet we make no effort to change. “It’s not that big a deal,” we tell ourselves, “I’ll fix it later.” All the while, we are making a mockery of our faith.
1 Peter chapter 2 urges us to live godly lives in an ungodly society. Part of living such a life is getting rid of sin as soon as we find it. It takes work, it takes time and it takes discipline. But giving our Redeemer the glory he deserves is so worth it!
Tunrade is a Nigeria-born, Atlanta-raised, newly-minted Arkansan. She’s the mother of two kids under 4, and the wife of a worship pastor. She enjoys using the gifts God has given her to serve the Lord and support her family. She blogs at The Schumann Family Blog.
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Finally, I just couldn’t publish this post without asking for you to please join me in praying for Lisa. Her family, home and community have all been affected by the storms in Alabama. Please pray the Holy Spirit would do a mighty work in and through them as they process for themselves and minister to others in the coming days. You can see Lisa’s updates at her Twitter account. ~Rachel
This was just too good. I loved this. I need that tatooed on my forehead. Thank you.
We have a few of those type of buildings where I pastor in Wyoming. As a single pastor, this article is so true. I kind of think I am watched more than ever because not only do you have to live ethically in the normal things of ministry, but you have to be even more careful about how you treat, and interact with the opposite sex.
Keep up the good work!
Wow! What an awesome word! Thank you for making me think twice about holding on to sinful behavior too long. Working to get rid of it as soon as I recognize it, is my new goal. Great post!