Questions have a way of sticking in our heads. The following question has been hard to delete from my mind. Give it a listen.
"Are you one of those churches that acts like Jesus has not done anything great for you?"
"Are you a Christian who acts like Jesus has not done anything great for you?"
Let the question linger. Don't dismiss it too quickly. See what the Holy Spirit might do in you with it.
It assumes something about me or the church that I invest my life in. It assumes that I and our church are not acting like Jesus has done something great. So, it seems insulting... at first.
Have we let Jesus slip into a place of comfortability in our lives?
Have we put parameters around Jesus?
Have we invited Jesus into our agenda, plans and dreams?
Or do we let Jesus do what He wants?
Do we let Jesus be unleashed in our lives, our agenda, plans and dreams?
Do we ask Jesus to do what we want or do we humbly readjust our daily agenda around what Jesus wants?
Do we need a little reminder...
-Jesus was a blue-collar carpenter – yet He dumbfounded scholars.
-Jesus was a Jew – yet He attracted thousands of Gentiles.
-Jesus was a Rabbi – yet He served prostitutes, drunkards, lepers and the dead.
-Jesus was a Miracle Worker – yet was not a puppet.
-Jesus lived in a Male Dominated Culture – yet He recruited and befriended women.
-Jesus talked like a Royal King – yet lived like a poor pilgrim.
-Jesus was a Revolutionary – yet He paid His taxes.
When the disciples seemed to have gotten a handle on Jesus, He brings some of them to the mountain and God unzips the physical nature of Jesus and unleashes His true nature of God.
When the religious leaders, Roman soldiers and crowds think they have done away with Him by nailing Him to the cross, Jesus rises on the third day from the dead in a fully healed, scarred resurrected body.
How are you relating with Jesus these days?
Are you living too comfortably with Him?
Do you need a wake up call to the reality of who Jesus is?
Is Jesus so large in your life, that fears, worries and problems are melting away?
Is Jesus so large in your life that you cannot help but be passionate about serving others?
Is Jesus so large in your life, that you cannot help but talk about Him and tell stories about Him with anyone and everyone?
Which is more at the forefront of your mind; problems, fears and worries or the massiveness of Jesus?
Seeking a refreshment of the reality of Jesus,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.