I have something I need to get off my chest.
I went to church with a friend the other day, The Rock Church in San Diego, Point Loma, and Pastor Miles McPherson was talking about Christ’s crucifixion. It happened. It was brutal. He was nailed to a cross, had his beard plucked, thorns stuck to his head, heart burst in his chest… did I mention he was NAILED to a cross? Only after carrying it, of course.
He did that for US. For all our wicked sins. He was betrayed and yet, still loved while he was being CRUCIFIED.
|It’s a cross inside of a heart, c’mon.|
And here we are, we wear little crosses on our earrings, on our necklaces, on our shirts, to show we are Christian (“little Christ”)…. yet we disobey God with every breath we take. With every thought we think. With every unkind word spoken.
Miles McPherson went on to say, “Don’t call Jesus your homeboy, he’s so much higher than you are. He is God Himself, the Lord of your life.”
I was wearing a cross my friend gave me. I love it, it reminds me of who I am representing. It is like wearing a name tag from work, out to public. You don’t want to go to a bar and act like a drunk jerk hooligan while wearing the name tag of a very prestigious law firm, right? So I heard what Miles McPherson was saying and heard, I need to step up my game. I need to really be serious about being a better Christian…
My friend took off his cross and to this day, hasn’t worn it again. He’s gotten into drinking and smoking weed, women, missing his baptism, bad choices, not taking accountability, selfishness…. and I felt, “Shouldn’t you be running to God instead of away?”
We never got to discuss these issues because I realized I was always a better follow of Christ when I wasn’t with this friend, and this event only made me seal the deal on ending the relationship. Of course, I am near if they need an ear and I have reached out to show amicable separation, however, I pray a lot because I am so on guard about influences around me and who I want to become…. And friend, if you’re reading this, I am here. And I hope you are feeling better. And the prayers are plentiful, my friend. You know who you are. 😛
When you are faced with a challenge in your faith, step up to the plate like Jesus did and show God who you are.
Luke 12:7 – “Why, even all the hairs on your head have been counted! Stop being afraid. You are worth more than a bunch of sparrows.”
If God has chosen you specifically to be made for a special purpose, why would you waste your time being anything else? Is it easy?
NO. NONONONONONONO. No. Did I say “no” yet? No. It is not easy. But a lot of things aren’t. If they are easy, and they are bad for you, they are not Biblical, why would you think they’re worth having in your life?
I am, for certain, no saint. However, I’ve always looked at a challenge as just that: an opportunity to prove myself. God didn’t waste time making us, He very specifically made you to be a blessing to others in your life and to glorify and praise Him. You didn’t have to be born.
So, what are you going to do with this opportunity?