Monday, September 04, 2006

The Banner of Christ

Ephesians 6:19 + 20-"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."

"For there are none like you, eternal God. You are light shining through, now in our eyes. And we pray that in you, we will abide. For there are none like you who satisfy."-Paul Helms

I think if I ever wrote a book on life, it would only have one sentence. "The point of this life is to Glorify God." Ok, so maybe I'd elaborate a bit more, but that would be jist of my work.

You've all heard the song "Open the Eyes of my heart, Lord." That's been my prayer recently as I walk to and from campus every day. That I might not miss a chance to proclaim His name in love.

So something I wish to address in the Christian community: do we point to Jesus? For some reason, I don't feel as if there needs to much more said. Basically, do we forsake the ideals of this world: large ministry sizes, marriage, careers, reputation? Or are we so concerned with "getting people to look at us" that we forget that people don't hunger for more entertainment, people don't hunger for a large ministry, people don't hunger for a romance...they hunger...and I mean truly hunger for Jesus. To put it differently, people don't need to feel needed...they need to know Jesus. So do we point them to a potential relationship, a pizza party, all accepting meeting or do we bring them to the reality and the harsh truth that is the cross? In our own hearts, are we so focused on achieving a set number of people saved that we forget that we can't save? Who are we to limit God? Better yet...who are we to take even an ounce of credit for His work by replacing His name with ours?

John the Baptist had every opportunity to glorify himself prior to Jesus' arrival. But every time he had that chance, he pointed to Jesus. "There is one greater...I am not even worthy enough to untie his sandals!" He was bold. People thought he was nuts...but he brought people to Jesus by simply talking about Him.

He is enough and gives us gifts to reach others. We need not manipulate people to the cross. His path is is narrow, yes...but it is straight. Do you trust Him?

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