Value

Do you ever get sick of fans? Not the wonderful things that cool me down in the heat but people who are fanatical about their teams/band/cause? They never stop talking about what their hero did, wore, said or where he/she/they went or are going. The music is always in the cd or on the MP3 player, They wear clothes that shout the name of their obsession. They spend all their time, money, energy to find out as much about the topic as possible devouring articles in the press or books, watching interviews, interpreting gestures. You know these people, maybe you are one of them.

My dear readers, you know where I am going with this. Why are we not obsessed like this about Jesus? Maybe you will tell me it’s out of respect for other people. Well the Manchester United fans have no care about offending people when they wear their strip at every opportunity. Maybe you will tell me it’s because faith is a personal thing and it’s not polite to force it on other people. Well I wish Justin Bieber fans (insert most hated music) felt that way when they blast their songs 24/7. I read a blog today (yes another) this dear brother is talking about his experience coming to America and expecting it to be the land of the free only to find that it is actually the land where you keep your religious views to yourself.

I am not advocating we should be offensive or rude but we should be passionate. We should be taking every opportunity to share the Good News about Jesus and God’s love because it is much much more than a fandom, it is a matter of life and death as I shared yesterday. Jesus was constantly doing the work of the Father, pleasing God, serving God was His entire life and people flocked to Him. We don’t have to be offensive to do the same. Some people will be offended, they were offended by Jesus – they crucified Him in the end but His message was unchanged. Our message should be in our actions, our lifestyle and our words. We should be doing the work of the kingdom and bringing that kingdom wherever we go.

12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Deuteronomy 10:12

This is a sobering thought. I have sports, books and other things I am very serious about. I like to think my relationship with Jesus is more important. I wonder if I did a chart how those things would measure up against each other. What is it I really value? Who is it I really value? What value do I put on those around me?

37 Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Matthew 22: 37-39

Hmmm.

2 thoughts on “Value

  1. Thank you for sharing. You have summed up well, and even said things I did not know how to say. Our obsession with vocalizing our beliefs sometimes gets in the way of demonstrating Christ in us. I have just discovered that America is a great opportunity to declare the goodness of God through our obedience to him even when it offends others and might cost us a fortune. It is an opportunity to live as Christ called us, praying in private, giving in private and fasting in private. Christ said when we practice our righteousness in private he will be our reward.

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  2. I just love the analogy with Justin Bieber and MUFC. How we need to be shouting from the rooftops, but are worried we might offend someone. We are just crass in our blaseness with the wonderful salvation we have been given. Perhaps we would have appreciated it more if we had to pay loads of money for it and do great feats of daring. O dear Saviour forgive us and goad us to action.

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