Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Who needs God?
by Erik Momsen
From the outside the streets are neat and tidy with rows of newly painted houses. The cars are bright and clean and the queues at the super market portray a message of wealth. It seems to be alright, but are they?
Our world, and especially our community, is a strange combination of self sufficiency and hopelessness. On the outside we seem to have it all together but every now and then the bubble bursts and all the painful details are exposed.
Deep inside, where no one else can see, there is a gnawing feeling of fear, anger, frustration, dis-ease. A feeling that all is not well. We fell a lack of peace, a lack of joy, a lack of well being. We fill this feeling with more business and more things. But as Bono says; "You can never get enough of what you don’t really need now, my oh my."
I have looked at us and realised that most often we don’t need God. We get our own daily bread, we build our own shade at our right hand, we protect ourselves from the arrow that flies by day and the pestilence that stalks by night. We don’t really need God. But why are we then still so empty?
"LITTLE PIG, LITTLE PIG LET ME IN"
OK so it should be "little sheep", but you get the picture. He is also not the big bad wolf as some think. Jesus knows our heartbreak and he longs to get in.
The Holy Spirit spoke through John to say:
"You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white cloths to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.'" (Revelation 3:17-18)
This message was given to the church and not the unbelievers in the street. We think of Jesus standing at the door of unbelievers' lives (Revelation 3:20), but it is firstly to the believers that he asks to be let in.
These words were written to the church in Laodicea. It was a wealthy and self-sufficient community and the Christians were the same. The accusation against them was that they were "poor, blind and naked". This is in direct contrast to what they thought. Laodicea was a centre of banking, had a great medical school and was known for it’s fine woollen garments. The Spirit was saying that despite what you see on the surface you have nothing. Despite all appearances your heart is empty.
POOR - The companion of poverty must surely be hunger. You know you are poor when you have nothing to eat. Without Jesus we are constantly hungry. We fill this hunger with all kinds of things. We buy more and more with money we do not have. We save more and more money we might never use. We have a deep longing only Jesus can fill.
"I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35)
BLIND - The blind do not know where they are going. Our lives are a constant chasing after phantoms.
"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ ... For God ... made his light shine into our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:4-6)
Only by constantly looking into the face of Jesus can we see. "Lord I want to see what you see".
NAKED - Have you had dreams of being exposed? Going to school or work without your clothes. Have you been in a crowd where you have felt badly dressed? Nakedness speaks of shame and guilt. We try to cover our sinful and shameful ways. We are afraid people will discover what we have thought or done. Jesus knows, and he still want to save you embarrassment.
JESUS - gives us wealth, medicine and clothes that meet the real needs of our hearts. He has said, "It is finished", which means exactly that. He has provided all we need. We however look for comfort in other places.
Two songs speak of the Father, Son and Spirit's comfort;
"It’s all right, it’s all right, she (Spirit) moves in mysterious ways. It’s all right, it’s all right, lifts my day, lightens my night."
"What a friend I’ve found, more faithful than a brother."
Only in the face of Jesus do we find treasure, rest and peace - go back.
Date Added: 2010-01-06
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