We are all guided by something or someone.
I woke up Sunday morning to the tragic carnage that was being reported from Orlando. Over the upcoming days, I have no doubt that many details will come out as to how and why this happened. We will learn about the gunman, the cultural context and we will hear about many that lost their lives.
I have no doubt that as people try to prevent this type of tragedy from happening again they will come up with solutions that will center around gun-control, tolerance, ISIS, education and a dozen other additional places to find blame. Now, I believe that all of these areas need to be processed as our elected officials and our government try to make our country safe for everyone. I am thankful for the many people that lead, legislate and serve here in the United States, but my expectations are exceeding low for a true and lasting all-encompassing peace. I will continue to applaud the efforts that stand against injustice, evil and tyranny but I find only one allegiance that really solves the main problem.
Who guides you today?
Who are you following and why?
This Sunday’s theme will be focused around some questions from Jesus regarding discipleship. What is discipleship anyway? A disciple is “one who believes in and helps disseminate the teachings of a master” or is “an active adherent to a movement or a philosophy”. The world and its’ inhabitants are all disciples of something or someone. It can be an ideology, a religion, a teacher, a lifestyle or about a million other things. How we live and make our decisions is based largely on being a disciple of…
I propose that we, who are disciples of Jesus Christ, are possessors of the love and the truth that will set the world right – but only one life at a time. There will come a day when ALL will be right, but that will only happen when Jesus comes again. In the meantime, we follow Jesus in the “now but not yet” of God’s Kingdom. We are fully saved and completely forgiven but we continue to struggle personally, relationally and contextually as we live out our days.
Today we are called to recognize that our lives will be filled with both joy and sorrow, laughter and tears, elation and disappointment. We are citizens in two realms. First off, we live in a physical kingdom with geographical borders, taxes and capitals. Secondly and primarily, we live in a spiritual kingdom that is ruled by Jesus the Christ. He is the King of Kings and because of that He rules our lives as we live in two kingdoms. It can seem complex at times, but He will never fail and His Word is always true – even when it isn’t appreciated by others or even by us.
- Jesus invites us to be His followers. He doesn’t claim it will be easy, but it will be good, right and true. Jesus was misinterpreted often, but He loved perfectly – Follow Him!
- Jesus was tempted to turn from the Father, but He ran to the Father – Follow Him!
- Jesus could have given up on us, but He went to the Cross – Follow Him!
Join me this Sunday considering the incredibly good news that comes with Jesus’ aggressive declaration and invitation from Luke 14:33 that “those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Jesus must really think He is a big deal!
He is THE Big Deal,