Be Like Jesus Today!
One of the big problems that your friends and neighbors have with Jesus is that he didn’t snap his fingers and solve all the world’s problems. Jesus’ family today worships him as God-With-Us, the incarnate LORD of heaven and earth. I bless God daily that He is crazy enough to accept me into that family.
People who haven’t accepted that invitation yet look at me a little funny when I say that I really do believe that a guy from the Middle East, 2 millennia ago, is A) still alive, and B) in charge, right now. “Have you looked around lately?” they ask. What about….? and they might rattle off any of a long list of problems. War in Iraq. Hurricane Katrina. Tsunami. Evil in general. Hateful Christians who carry signs to funerals that read, “God Hates Fags and So Do We!” People in Honduras whose daily bread comes from two places: a garbage dump, and a few Christian missionaries.
You know the questions. You know the problems.
You’ve heard them before.
You’ve asked them before.
As an aside, that is one of the joys of being adopted into the Jesus family. You get to ask questions. You don’t ask questions of Allah, because he’ll kill you. You ask questions of Jesus’ Dad, and you know what he does? He rolls up his sleeves and says, “Alright! Let’s reason together! Let’s try and work this out.”
But one day, Jesus and his apprentices were tired. They’d been doing a lot of teaching, healing, inviting people to join the family, and they were tired. So Jesus says, “Let’s get away and rest.” You ever see a celebrity try and get away from a crowd? Yeah, well, Jesus didn’t have a limo or some beefy bodyguards or a palace in Beverly Hills. So people followed him and the guys, and instead of punching them in the face like Russell Crowe addressing a paparazzi, Jesus took care of them. The problem was, they’d followed them out into the wilderness, and it was too far away for anybody to go get food, unless they left right away, and even then, most everybody would go hungry.
So Jesus looks at his apprentices, who’ve just come back from a mission trip where they’ve been fighting off the devil and telling people about Jesus, and says, “You take care of them.” They’re LOST. They find a kid with a lunch, and since the kid won’t turn loose of it, they bring the kid to Jesus to show him that there isn’t enough for THEM, much less for the whole multitude (at least 5000 people).
Since they don’t know how, He shows them how. You take the little you’ve got, and you give it to God, and you let Him handle the rest.
The problems of the world are deeper than one hungry crowd. They’re even deeper than famine and fear and ignorance and hate. They’re too big for us to even SEE, much less deal with. So what are we supposed to do about it? We do what Jesus did.
We look around.
We ask the really simple question, “What would this place look like if God was in charge?” THIS place. Not the whole world — that’s too big. THIS place I’m looking at right now.
We grab our few loaves and fishes and give them to God.
That’s all I’m asking. Take a chance, like that little boy in the story who finally gives his lunch to Jesus, and trust Jesus to take care of the rest. Look at this place, and look at your lunch, and ask yourself: Why not be like Jesus today?
in HIS love,