Posts Tagged ‘blood of Jesus’

Life is what is happening all around you,
even as you stand there
waiting for it to happen
on your smart phone. 


“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (The Apostle Paul)

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” (Reverend Martin Luther King)

The lens we must ALWAYS and ONLY look through to see other people is the lens of Jesus Christ.  But when we decide to avoid or reject people who don’t act or look like us, we are denying the transforming power of the Blood of Jesus — as well as the New Creation that all true Christians have become.  And this is a challenge to people of ALL ethnicities, colors and cultures.

When you give more weight to a person’s arguments because they look like you (White, Black, Hispanic, Asian or whatever), you have denied the power of the Gospel and cast aside the lens and wisdom of Christ. When you decide that a person is a criminal or is guilty or innocent of a crime merely because of that person’s color or ethnicity, or because they have hurt someone of your own color or ethnicity, you deny the power of the Gospel.

Because the only true and lasting distinction among people is their ETERNAL DESTINY AND NATURE – and in light of eternity, all other distinctions will be forever erased:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
(Revelation 5:9-10)

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33)

Wow. If it wasn’t for God and Eternity, it would be VERY easy to get lost in the daily flood of images, pleasures, distractions and experiences — and without God and Eternity, there would be no reason not to.

But because He IS (the Great I AM), we now have a truly objective, absolute THING with which to compare the value of every other thing. May we never trivialize the true value of our amazing lives in Christ by choosing to lose ourselves in the trifles of this passing, worldly existence.

look around today.
all the lonely people.
in cubicles and kiosks.
on corners and in lines.
hiding behind their faces.
trapped in their hearts.

dare to slow down.
to reach out.
past your comfort zone.
you have good news for them.

Here’s a short video I created that attempts to express the love Jesus has for us…

Lent… OK, this is how I see it: it’s not a time of obligation or mere self-denial, but an outrageous opportunity. Jesus didn’t go into the wilderness to earn His Father’s love — He already had it. And so do we.

The Wilderness is an opportunity and a time of preparation — preparation for breakthrough! According to the Word, Jesus went into the Wilderness with the Holy Spirit and He came out, after His season of fasting and testing, with the Holy Spirit and Power. (Luke 4:14)

I want to encourage people not to “give up something” but rather to set apart a special season to focus your eyes and hearts on God, which of course may also involve changing our habits and setting certain things aside.

But there is a very big difference between the two, although to an outside observer, they can look the same. Merely giving up something makes a hole in our lives — a painful hole that we are constantly reminded of, until Lent is over and we get to fill it up again (yuk!) — but pursuing God allows the Big Guy into your life in a way that dramatically displaces everything else.

So…don’t give up something in hopes of feeling better about yourself — but rather look at the clutter and busy-ness of your life, and be a Holy Ghost opportunist. Stir up your hope and anticipation! DARE to carve out a special place during this special season that He will graciously fill up.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8)

“The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
(Isaiah 35:1)

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?
I…have become comfortably numb.”

We must fight against the flood of comfort and passivity that seeks to slowly swallow us whole and imprison us in a comfortable padded cell of our own design, deep inside the safe walls of the Christian ghetto.

All around us are the living dead…the zombies of this present darkness…moving tragically and resolutely towards a Christ-less eternity.

TODAY is all we have. Don’t let your amazing TODAY be hijacked by mere busy-ness and the worries and cares of this world. Unplug from the matrix and invade someone’s darkness today!

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)