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Simply Jesus

by Erik Momsen

Do you find yourself growing more confused and bewildered as the years pass?  This is the Post-modern age where there are supposed to be no answers, but the questions increase at an alarming rate.  I am told that these fears and stresses are no longer the domain of middle age people but are even the challenge of adolescence.

The world is an increasingly complex, increasingly lost and increasingly cruel place.

INCREASINGLY COMPLEX PLACE

Whom among you do not know how to operate the computer, e-mail, www, cell phone, Satellite T.V., Digital T.V., E-banking, WAP function, MP3 player etc?  None of these things were public domain 15 years ago.

All these items are designed to keep us in-touch with the world.  We have more and more ways to communicate, but we understand each other less and less.  We are now in a state of information overload. Too much is being thrown at us and we cannot process it.  Some cell phone company was now advertising "Less is More" - get only the basic News sent to you on your phone.

Our problem is that we are constantly listening to words and pictures and not to our hearts.  The Spirit is struggling to get through because of all the noise.

INCREASINGLY LOST PLACE

The world has been lost for a very long time but what has increased is our inventiveness in doing wrong.  Paul had a glimpse of the underbelly of society and it was not good.

"For though they knew God they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish heart were darkened. ... Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts ... Furthermore since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind ... they invent ways of doing evil." (Romans 1:21- 30).

I pray that followers of Jesus would have the discernment to see the price of sin and the many ways that sin violates people's lives.  The defeat of sin, however, does not come by trying to drive it into a corner but by being so enamoured by the person and ways of God that sin loses its attraction.

The world will not be freed from sin by us shouting loudly at them but by seeing a living loving God, present and active in our lives.

"By this all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:35)

AN INCREASINGLY CRUEL PLACE

Sociologists tell us that the world is cyclical in its moral behaviour.  Some ages are better than others.  Our present age is ruled by corporate greed and international cruelty.  More people are dying for their religious beliefs and more babies aborted than at any other time in human history.

WHERE AND WHAT IS THE ANSWER ?

I do not want you to glibly answer, "Jesus".  Too many claim the name of Jesus but have not given their hearts to Him.  Look at that phrase, "given your heart to Him".  Does Jesus carry your hope and dreams for the future and eternity? Is everything in your life covered by the "Jesus principle"?  Giving your heart to him means that you have no heart for anything else.

What I am saying is a first time invitation to drop all other agendas and make Jesus your only cause.  It could also be an invitation to others who call themselves Christians but have very little Christ in their lives.

It is time to be blatantly honest with yourself and answer the question, "Is Jesus alive / resurrected in your life?  Does he call the shots?"

If not, you are wasting your time and you might as well go back to fishing like the disciples did.

I want to have a T-shirt made which reads; "Stuffed without Jesus".  That is exactly the position we are in.  What is it to be stuffed?  Dead, hanging on a wall, possibly looking good but not much life or a future.  Empty inside except for dry polyurethane.  Just a sham of the real thing.

The disciples were stuffed until Jesus met them - post resurrection.  Two disciples on the Emmaus road, one unnamed the other named Cleopas were of the first people to meet the risen Jesus (Luke 24:13-35)

Date Added: 2009-04-08

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