Thursday, February 9, 2017

What is it with me and this crazy focus on Jesus?

 What is it with me and this crazy focus on Jesus?
Am I just some wishful thinker of some pie in the sky deity? — No. This Deity has more than proven Himself to me over the past 37 years that I've known Him and grown to absolutely love Him as I know He loves me.
Am I just following the crowd? — If I was it wouldn't be with the minority one with whom follows rolling eyes, laughter and scoffing.
Am I, as the saying goes, "Too heavenly minded that I'm no earthly good?". — No. I am so Heavenly minded that I desire to live my life for Him... for His goodness sake. A big part of that is sharing the awesome Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone who has ears to hear, a heart to listen.
“Who in their right mind would follow some religious icon who seems to get one into more pain and trouble (in following Him) than just living a life of: “Live your life for yourself and keep your opinions to yourself.” — That is the easy way out for sure. But then I'd be living a lie.
So who is this Jesus that I so focus on?
He is my Savior. — He saved me from my sins and from a life of fear, doubt and despair. As the classic old hymn goes. “Once I was blind, but now I see.” That's me. That could be you. Without God, namely Jesus Christ, our lives remain in a state of blindness. We cannot see or understand the truth of who God is, who we are, or what we were created to be. (“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.’" – John 3:3)
He is my Lord. — I desire for Him to take hold of my life and direct my paths. (“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6). We all choose someone or something as a “lord” over us. Maybe it's another person we follow. Maybe it's something like the desire for money, success or just “the good life.” It's the human condition. We all seek something to fill that fulfillment void.
He is my very life. — Several years ago I was driving to work one morning. It was a time in my life when I was so depressed. I was so frustrated with my life, my failures, the failures of those around me. I was tired of life in general. As I pulled into the parking lot of a favorite coffee spot I heard a voice as clear as day say to me, “Dave, your life is not in these things. It is in ME!” It's taken a long time for me to unpack that. I had much to learn about this One who so loved the world that He gave His one and only beloved Son for me and for you. I still have much too learn, but I know, I know without a shadow of a doubt, that my Redeemer lives and He lives in me. He is my very life.
So what? That's nice for you.
So? So, it's incredible, that's all. It's amazing. This God, the God of the Bible, Jesus the Son of God, the very I AM, is real. So very real. The Gospel shouldn't be news to you. Surely you've heard, seen and read John 3:16 for years. But what does it really mean to you.
Jesus asks you... “Who do you say I am?”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
I believe that with all my heart. I believe I will see my Creator, my Redeemer, my very love of my life one day... maybe sooner than later. Much is pointing to Jesus' soon coming.
Do you know Him? He so desires to be your life. Don't waste it seeking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.
”Who do you say, I am?”

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