One of my friends at Mavuno, Dr. Mukuria, has a pretty informative blog about the Mau forest. Check it out here… His organization, Refuge, has a passion for rallying Christians around issues of the environment in our nation. Definitely something we all need to be involved in. When it comes to our environment, indifference is not an option!
Okay, on to my brief for the day. To his listeners, it was clear that Jesus was claiming not to be a sage or prophet, which they would have been happy with, but God himself! No other respected religious leader in history claimed the same for themselves. As someone once said, it’s not accurate to say Jesus was a good man. His claims mean he was either a liar, a lunatic or the Lord of the universe! If he was one of the first two, then He should not be admired, and his followers should be among the most pitied people in all the earth (google 1Corinthians 15:19-20)!
But if he was Lord as he claimed, then everything we know about the world changes. The song ‘what if God was one of us’ takes on a new meaning. And the words in the bible, including the gospel of John, become essential answers to humanity’s deepest questions about why we exist and what is the meaning of life. In other words, they become our daily brief.
Even back then, responses to Jesus were polarized; some wanted to stone him while others believed in and followed him. Once you encounter him and his claims, indifference is not an option. It’s like discovering for a certainty that the stock market is going to go up twenty times in value over the next year. You can’t just say you believe; your lifestyle and priorities totally change!
Lord, thanks for the assurance today that I am yours and that no one can snatch me out of Your hands. Nothing can separate me from Your love. May my lifestyle and priorities reflect this truth. May my confidence in all I do today spring from this fact. AMEN