This post is going to be somewhat of a finger-painting. Reason being that I’m going to give you a quick update/apology and then I’m going to get into the post. Contain your excitement.
I’ve been mad and bitter, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry to my friends and my family. I’ve been bitter with God and it quickly sucked the life out of me. Thanks to a swift kick in the spiritual groin from Charlie Loften last week, I’m stepping out of my pitty party and getting my crap together.
Bobby Hamilton at NLC once said that bitterness is like drinking poison, and then waiting for the other person to die. I finally understand how true that is.
So let’s move forward and not let this junk continue.
One of the things that Charlie really got in my face about was basic. He simply said, “Do you believe that Jesus is the answer that everyone needs? That He alone is the hope that people need?”
In that simplicity I found something much more complex. We (me) spend entirely too much time dwelling on what Jesus was. We look at Jesus as if He existed at one point, and we want to know what He was like then.
We talk about Jesus as if He never got up from His death-bed. No wonder our faith is so weak at times. No wonder the Christian recovery community is buying into the BS that tells them they are going to have to deal with their addictions for the rest of their lives.
If Jesus was, then we have nothing. What is critical for us to figure out is what Jesus is.
The more we preach, teach, write, or view Jesus from the perspective of what He was, the further we are removing ourselves and others from actually understanding who He is and what He is doing, and can do in our very lives.
I feel like I’ve been taken back to Christian Kindergarten with this. But, what a revelation it’s been for me.
I don’t want to spend my time chasing what Jesus was, because if He was then He isn’t.
You wouldn’t go spend your money on Enron stock today would you?
I want to spend my time chasing what Jesus is, because that’s what He was and will be….