Archive for April, 2014

Everything we do must have a point. If there is no point, life is emptied of its exhilaration. That rush of anticipation of what might come next is thrown away and life becomes a cheap imitation. This is lived out every day in every country, in every city and on every street. It has pervaded our lives and is beyond measure.

Paul addressed this masterful deception our enemy has saturated our cultures with and nowhere is it more widespread than in the American culture. In 2 Corinthians 10:12 the gauntlet is thrown down by Paul. Paul is issuing a challenge to each one of us every day. This is a  “dog eat dog” world now, as it was then. The world doesn’t fight fair. We also try everything to fit in by comparing, grading and competing. We have targeted audiences that we must be accepted into regardless of what compromise we must make or injury we might cause someone else.

As followers of Jesus we have been trusted by God to let the world see that Jesus isn’t a word of explanation used by people at athletic events or when we just feel we have been hammered by someone. Jesus stood out in His culture and when we try to fit in, the people we have the opportunity to influence have just been robbed from seeing the real Jesus.

People are really looking for someone to be real and take a genuine interest in them. Ask God to show you how to live in such a way that people will be curious and ask you why you’re not like their other friends.

I was sitting down for lunch with two bowls of rice. One had some lamb curry mixed with it and the other an Indian lentil mix. My wife Frannie, asked if I was going to eat all of it. I reasoned that if I ate half of one and half of the other I could have the two Baby Ruth nuggets for a snack later because I would not be full with the rice. So I told her “1/2 + 1/2 = 2.” She didn’t get it so I explained my reasoning. It made some sense to her but also sounded weird.

But think about how God’s perspective often differs from ours. Something happens and we ask God a question but we are not prepared for His response. It seems to come from “left field.” We’re not prepared for how God views life or the issues, problems or questions that arise as we stumble our way through an often messed up life.

It made sense to me to say that one half plus one half equaled two. It did not to Frannie or probably to anyone else who didn’t know what I was thinking. Now, think about Habakkuk 1:2,3 and 5-11. This guy expressed all kinds of rage. God listened and then knocks his socks off with “Hang in there. Keep up with current affairs. You’ll be blown away by the incredible plot line I’m working on.” The Word on the Street. If that doesn’t get you to see that God looks at life in a different way, check out Psalm 90:4 or 2 Peter 3:8.

Keep asking and thinking but be ready for God to respond in ways you never will comprehend.

Throughout life we bump into many people. Sometimes on a crowded street or party we might say “excuse me” when that happens. At other times, we seem to be only too concerned about what someone thinks about the weather, politics or any meaningless trivia that never reveals their heart or anything about them.

Jesus was never this way with people? In John 15:15 He shows us who is a real friend. Jesus lets us in on everything He heard from His father. He talked about those things closest to His heart with His friends. In Mark 8:29 Jesus asked these men a question “who do you say I am?” There was something Jesus wanted these men to know-a real friend asks meaningful questions of another because that shows they are interested in them. Jesus, the ultimate friend told His friends the truth. Take Matthew 16:24 for instance. This was a hard word but He loved them enough to tell them the truth. Do you have someone in your life who loves you enough to tell you the truth?

Do you want to know someone? Ask them a meaningful question. Do they want to know you? They will do the same with you. Think about some meaningful questions you could ask people. Always be a friend to the people God intersects your life with.