Thursday, August 04, 2011
I was sitting beside three sweet little friends one Wednesday night as the congregation sang Jesus Loves Me. I loved hearing their voices as they went about the familiar verses.
However, the youngest, had his heart into it. He belted out the chorus with much enthusiasm.
As he got to the end, he sang boldly, "Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so."
He held out the last word until everyone else was finished singing and then turned around and proclaimed. "So what!"
Isn't that the way we are sometimes? We know Jesus loves us. We're well aware that the Bible tells us how to live, yet our actions speak differently.
We check in with Jesus on Sundays, warm a pew, and punch the Christian time-card. But once we leave, we casually fade back into the world.
We forward malicious, gossip-filled e-mails about our leaders telling ourselves that if we don't agree with them then we have the right to slander them (I Peter 2:13ff).
We flirt more with the world than we do our spouse (I John 2:15).
We let that pesky 'live peacefully with all men' verse hinge on the color of one's skin, the money in their bank account, or the church they attend (Hebrews 12:14).
The Bible shows us the way to a greater life, a loving father, and a Heavenly future but too many times we live as though God isn't that important. Like others who have gone before us, we proclaim Jesus with our lips but our hearts are far from him (Matthew 15:8).
Sometimes we're like that cute little boy who sang, "The Bible tells me so. So what."
Spend some time with your nearest Bible. Life is about God, not us. Our focus needs to be on the cross. Live right. Stand out. Love others. Make a difference.
You have the opportunity to change the world. The Bible tells me so.