Living in Amber

English Audio Version

Think like a paleontologist.

How’s that? What’s a paleontologist got to do with Christian living? After all, a paleontologist studies ancient fossils, and we live in the present. We’re told to look forward and never to focus on what’s behind us.

There’s one part of paleontology that can drive us to become better in Christ.


Yes, amber, sap fossilized into a crystalline and beautiful material that can be polished to a high gloss.

See, paleontologists search for particular pieces of amber, ones with ancient creatures inside. They are perfectly preserved in the transparent material, and we can view them as they once were.

They are unchanging in their perfection, just as we are to be unchanging in our pursuit of Christ and the ideals he espouses for us to emulate.

Romans 12:12 gives us our amber advice:

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

This verse connects us with a paleontologist in three ways.

  • We rejoice, because we’ve found the life we thought was lost.
  • We are patient, because to move quickly is to destroy our prize.
  • We remain constant in our Christian witness that we might maintain the perfection Christ creates in us.

Christian living is all about changing who we are to improve our relationship with Christ while not losing sight of the redemption God has gifted us.

When we live in amber, we preserve the best of our relationship with God.

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