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Why Do You Miss Jesus?

December 20, 2013 4 comments

I called my friend Matt at work the other day.  I had to go off to take care of some business.  When I came back, he had left me a voice mail.  I called back and, tag, he was it.  We continued this game a few more times and never connected.  Both of our positions kept us from solving an issue that day.

We ran into each other walking into work the next day and worked out our issue.  The problem the day before?

We just kept missing each other.

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I wonder if we don’t do the same thing with Jesus.

We want to hook up with Him.  The problem is that we let so many things get in our way with connecting with Christ.  You name it and it has the potential to be a roadblock to our relationship with Him.

Spouse.

Career.

Family

Retirement.

Theological system.

We tend to tie ourselves to these things fairly easily.  We wrap our identities up in so many things, rather than identifying ourselves fully with Christ.  We become who our spouse wants us to be or simply become identified as a couple.  We become known for what we do.  We become our children’s parent.  We focus for thirty or more years so that we can retire.  We follow a theological system and let that label define us to those we meet.

We define ourselves by we say we are, who we were, or who we will be.  We end up missing Jesus.

Instead, we should be who Christ wants us to be.

What it really boils down to is that we have a problem with the sovereignty of God in our lives.  We don’t let Him rule our marriage.  We don’t let Him control our career.  We try to be the head of our families.  We not only retire from our jobs, but we retire from God too.  We let our theological bent define our relationship with God, instead of the other way around.

We end up missing Jesus.

It comes down to priorities.  We make everything a priority instead of prioritizing our relationship.  That’s what causes us to miss Jesus.

It’s time for us to stop it now.  Stop digging the holes that prevent us from reaching Christ.  Go to Him first, then let everything else fall in line from there.

It’s time for us to quit missing Jesus.

What is causing you to miss Jesus?

Religion, Relationship or Both

November 29, 2013 3 comments

So often in the past, oh I don’t know how long, we have been told that religion is not where it’s at.  We have learned that it is man’s attempt to reach up to God.  It’s our try to link from here to the Lord on our own.  It’s us building a tower up so that we can reach heaven.  It’s our climbing a ladder, step by step, in our attempt to earn God’s favor.

Instead, the message we hear is that we live in a relationship.  One that is based on the relationship that the Father has with the Son and the Holy Spirit.  A relationship that involves an invasion from Heaven.  One that began with normal familial relationships and spread to friendships among those that followed Him.  A relationship that causes us to be adopted into God’s family and makes us Abraham’s descendants.

What if, though?

What if it’s actually both?

What if the relationship Christ establishes in us creates a religion that is not our attempt to simply reach God on our own?

Since the old things have passed away and the new has come, why isn’t religion new?  Why doesn’t Jesus flip the script?

I think he does.  We just don’t like the word religion once we come to know Christ and that’s ok.  I don’t really care.  As long as the relationship is driving the religion, we’re all good.  As long as it simply isn’t us doing it all on our own, in our own power, in our own flesh, then we’re good.

Is it religion, relationship or both?

I’ll let you answer that one for yourself.

Which is it?

What You Need

October 28, 2011 4 comments

What do you need?

That’s how I’m beginning this post.  I’m simply asking the question, what do you need?

Think about it for a minute and let me know.  I know Who can get it for you.  However, what you ask for might not be your greatest need.

You might think you need money.  You might think you need a new job.  Or a new relationship.  Or a change.  I’m not saying that you won’t get those things.

It’s just that those things are not your greatest need.

You have a Father who will give it to you.

Jesus said that no father will give his son a snake when he needs a fish.

Jesus said that no father will give his son a stone when he needs bread.

You can check those out in Matthew 7

Jesus said that no father will give his son a scorpion when he needs an egg.

Check that out in Luke 11.

He said that the Father is better than all of us fathers who will give these things to our children.

He said that the Father will give what is good to those who ask.

He said that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

What do you need most of all?

You need what is good.

You need the Holy Spirit.

Do you have the Holy Spirit?  Have you been given what is good?  Have you been given what is better than anything you would ever ask for on your own?