Stop It! You've Got It Better Than Jesus!
This one is about to offend some people out there. So before you start lighting your pitchforks and tweeting all the judgmental things you want, I'm just going to warn you and kindly tell you that if you're a highly offended person...you can exit stage left. Thank you for stopping by!
Wait, you're still here? You must be one of my people. What's up fam(insert high five emoji and imaginary dab)! You're here, and I have been waiting for quite some time to share this post with you. To be honest, I literally got this one in the shower today. You know the place where Jesus likes to drop some inspiration on you?
Okay so let's get on with this. I've got to ask you some real quick questions before I tell you why I had to chat with you today.
Question #1: How are you reading this post right now? Your phone, iPad, iPod (iAnything), tablet laptop? What form of technology are you using?
Question #2: What do you do the majority of the day/week? Work? School? What are you spending hours doing?
Question #3: Where is your hometown? Do you still live there? If not, have you been back to visit? Do those people remember/like you?
Question #4: What's the most expensive article of clothing you own? Yes, I'm talking about those purses. I see those shoes you've got! How much was that bad boy?!
Question #5: Are you confused yet? Are you wondering where I'm going with this?
Think about questions #1-4. What were your answers? Now, remember those answers. Let me clarify with question #6: do you understand how freakin' blessed you are?!
Dude! You and I are so crazy blessed right now that it's actually upsetting. We've got phones or some form of technology to connect with people on the opposite side of the universe! Jesus didn't have that! He had his feet and 12 crazy men that probably argued more than the Kardashians on who gets to walk next to him when they get in town (I don't blame the man for leaving to pray, I'd get irritated too.)
If I had asked Jesus what his most expensive clothing was (unless he answers with a question which he tends to do), He'd probably look at me funny. Get the picture? We are blessed. We got more possessions now this earth than greatest being that ever walked the face of the earth had! We've got more people probably ready to accept us into their homes than Jesus did when he went to Nazareth. Yet we act as if whoa is us.
Enough! Stop that! We need to quite this nonsense!
The very being that came to give us everything had fewer possessions and was not accepted by world as we have been. Why am I bringing this up today? Truth: I'm tired of being a brat! I'm tired of taking all of this (I'm waving my arms around right now, just picture this with me) for granted! I hear people complaining about not having the newest phone, shoes, makeup, or followers, subscribers, or friends. Who cares?!
Jesus won at life yet we're letting ourselves lose at even existing for him?! What is up with that guys? Jesus chose to follow the goal God had set before him despite not having an IG account (Instagram you seasoned saints). Our Savior decided that it was more important to challenge the way we love each other by counteracting the negativity of the world with the unconditional love of God. Yet here we are, playing victim to social media and the opinions of those who don't know our genetic and spiritual makeup?!
Stop selling yourself to your possessions. Stop prioritizing what distracts you from the beauty of the life God has given you. Start using the opportunities you've been given to empowering others through the love of Christ. Jesus had less and still did more than you and I are currently doing. Yes, He is the Son of God. Yes, Christ is a part of God but so are we! He said,
"'Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away because if I don’t go away, the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. '
I'm going to repeat this, you and I have it better than Jesus did. Heck, we've got it better than Paul and Silas. So why are we allowing all of what is isn’t important to God to hinder us from loving one another? Why are you granting these insecurities, pride, and the entitlement mentalities that have been produced by our love of this world to control how we treat the people of the world? (These are rhetorical questions cause you can answer this one you're own way. I have a long list, and I'm not about to rant right now.)
Now don’t come after me. Jesus is Jesus. He is and will always be the Almighty. This is not in anyway degrading the wonder of the Lord, but instead, I’m reminding you that with so little, the apostles changed the course of the world. If they can with the help of God, you and I definitely can too!
I Dare You:
Don't allow the sun to set without letting one person know that they are valuable! Jesus did this for the multitudes, but I'm asking you for at least one person (but the more, the merrier you overachievers). As a blogger, I shouldn't tell you this but put the phone away! Stop worshipping (which is anything you put before God) your possessions and what others think. Start prioritizing what Jesus chose to value: people! Intentionally show people the love God has entrusted you to share instead of the staged smiles you post. You have more to work with than the disciples did. Use it. Now go! Go love one someone!
Until next time…