After his vision, Polycarp departed for another place to hide. Since the men seeking him did not find him, they seized two young servant boys, and torturing one, got him to confess to Polycarp’s location. Finally, Polycarp’s pursuers found him. He was lying face down in an upper room, refusing to escape to another place, saying, “The will of God be done.”
For many of us, we allow our identity to exist somewhere other than where Christ calls us. We try to live in him, being rooted and built up in him, but we allow ourselves to become captive through hollow and deceptive thoughts. We allow our family, culture, and society to name us. But a pitcher is a pitcher. Calling it a bucket changes what it is and its purpose. But calling it a pitcher identifies it as a vessel to pour water for drinking.
Putting off the Old for the New: Through out Church History, many people – some known but most lost to time – have taken Paul’s challenge seriously, considering their gains as loss of the sake of knowing Christ. One such person, Saint Almachius, found himself so far in Christ, that he changed the new year forever.