March 2009

We’ve started a new series at church called Reset. resetIt’s about resetting our assumptions and conceptions of Jesus. Some of the pictures of Jesus which our pastor, Dave, went through on the first day were some I had seen other people believe, as well as accepted for myself.

“Hippie Jesus,” where God is love, don’t judge others, just accept everyone. Very much an undefined spirituality.

“Patriotic Jesus,” where God is backing our nationalistic interests, because we’re a Christian nation. (I’m not sure those that invoke a patriotic Jesus have looked around that much at the country lately.)

“Baby Jesus,” or the Christmas Jesus. He’s seen as the child that came to save, the safe Jesus, not the God/man that said:

51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Verse 51 is really sobering when you consider what He means.

“Nice Guy Jesus,” always happy and sunny, never gets mad…predictable.

“Teacher Jesus,” the good moral teacher who walked the Earth, just another prophet like Elijah, or Mohamed.

The series has made me sit back and reevaluate my vision of who Jesus is and what His mission really is. As well as how I fit into it.

— The Holy Bible  : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Lk 12:51-53). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.


Have you ever noticed, when you’re thinking about your life, you have a tendency to think in terms of 70 or maybe 80 years? Lately I have found myself realizing that when I’m considering what is best for my career, or what I’m going to do if money dries up, thinking about it in terms of eternity puts a much different perspective on it. It doesn’t seem as important to worry about getting ahead at work anymore. When my field of vision encompasses eternity in God’s Kingdom, what happens on earth is much less of an issue. I find I can let things go easier now: the car that cuts you off isn’t as infuriating; or when someone asks for time to talk, it’s much easier for me to make the time these days. When I extend my field of vision, the troubles of today are trivial. And I think that’s what Jesus had in mind when he said:

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

I used to read this and be frustrated about how to apply it in my life when I was worrying about how to pay the bills and have enough left over for food. But one day I realized I could go without a house, or a car, or even food at times, and I’d still be happy because I had eternity with Christ to look forward to. My field of vision had been enlarged by the Holy Spirit. How freeing it is to not worry about that anymore!

— The Holy Bible  : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Mt 6:26-27). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.