Is about to be something a little different.
A little off the deep end. Maybe.
Now, I normally mind my p's and q's on this here blog...but today I cannot hold my tongue ANY more.
There is something happening in the body of Christ that I just cannot keep silent anymore.
It's what for the sake of this blog I'm going to call the: "Only If" factor. Let me see if I can explain the "Only If" factor.
It goes a little like this:
"I will only serve, if I've been served."
"I will only give, if I've been given to."
"I will only be nice, if someone has been nice to me."
"I won't talk about you, only if you don't talk about me."
"I will only press on, only if it's received well."
"I will only trust, if trust hasn't been broken."
"I will only believe, if it's been made real."
"I will only talk to you, if you talk to me."
There seems to be a cycle.....and Lord help us, because it's all in the "NAME OF JESUS."
I don't know about the Jesus that some may serve, but the Jesus that I serve...he was:
Tempted face to face by Satan and.....overcame. (Luke 4)
Rejected by the highest of highs and still.....pressed on. (John 10)
A man who the world hated......yet He still loved it. (John 15)
The one who volunteered......when no one else would. (John 13, washing the disciples feet)
A comforter to everyone...when no one would comfort Him. (John 14)
Angry when people did wrong in God's house....and acted justly. (John 2:12-16)
The one who would talk to the "her".....when no one else would. (John 4)
The one who warned.....even when no one would listen. (John 18:18-34)
The one who believed.....even when it seemed like it was to much. (Luke 22:42)
The one beaten, torn, scorned, spit upon, bruised, shamed and left to die.....alone. (Luke 22)
The one who fulfilled his promises......for all of our filth. (Luke 23)
I'm just tired of it friends.......just tired.
When are we ever going to really stop living for tomorrow and start living for today? When are we going to get off our high horses, holier than thou positions and actually start doing something for the kingdom of God?
We claim to model our faith after a man named Jesus, and yet as I could walk into almost any church in America on Sunday and frankly only be able to see His face upon a few dozen.
Let's stop trying to be God.....and try to be like the one He sent us to follow after.....Jesus.
I may not get ONE comment from this, and at this point, that's not what this is about.
No, I am not perfect, I mess up every single day......but I know I serve an amazing Jesus and by golly, I just want to be more like Him every day. No matter what the cost.
So let's forgive, let's love, let's serve, let's be nice and let's be friends.....because we have a common bond like no other.....Jesus.
Thursday, March 05, 2009