Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Is This Your Chance to Shine?

Here's a quick recap if you're just tuning in this week. You have a bunch of people acting as if they're drunk who aren't drunk and a spokesperson explaining it as Jesus. Then you have a crowd asking what should be done about this.

This begs the question of what you might do if you had the attention of a crowd and they were asking for your opinion. Now may be your one shot, your 15 minutes of fame. This opportunity set before you is golden, where you just might be able to get even half these people to listen to your advice.

If there's anything you want, now is your time to mention it. So what would you say?

If you are Peter in Acts 2, you are quick to focus again on Jesus. He’s kind of predictable like that!

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” ~Acts 2:38-39

Peter makes this a very simple answer. Too many people make it seem like accepting Gods grace is too elementary. Peter kept it simple. Maybe we should too.
Let’s not pretend that there isn't much growth that takes place after someone accepts Jesus. But let’s not make accepting Jesus harder than it should be. After all, when he was done talking, Peter saw 3,000 come to Jesus that day. They were all baptized that day!!!

Too many people make it seem like accepting Gods grace is too elementary. Peter kept it simple. Maybe we should too.

Where is your focus?

Is it on how you look?
Is it on who you’re with?
Is it on what you’re doing?

The problem with each of the above questions is how they focus on me.

Is your focus on Jesus?

Do you spend time defending your actions for Jesus? Or like Peter, do you turn the attention back to Jesus? Pete focuses on Jesus and not the people. Perhaps some of our actions should look more like we're drunk? Think about it.

Servanthood. Why would we take time and money to serve other people?
Patience. Why don’t we simply retaliate every time someone makes us angry?
Humility. Why don’t we brag about ourselves more often and try to be number one?

The way a Christian is called to live does not make sense to someone whose focus is not on Jesus. We will appear different. We will seem strange. But that’s okay.

Because it’s not about us.

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