28 October 2011

Relevant to who?

I’m looking up relevant:
Having some bearing on or importance for real-world issues, present-day events, or the current state of society
I’m thinking of all the endless discussions about how the church must find ways to be significant to the world, as if Jesus Himself is not important enough.

He Is our God – He Is always relevant. That only becomes obvious to those that truly know Him.

Twisting in my thoughts today is the idea of turning this all upside down. Instead of thinking how we can be relevant to the world, perhaps we need to consider how to make the world relevant to us. Instead of hiding inside the four walls of our church buildings singing “this little light of mine” can we pray and ask the Lord to show us how to allow that light to really shine in the darkness?

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Think about the way that Jesus lived when He walked among us. It was the broken, the hurting, the crippled and lame that caught His attention. He was filled with love and compassion for those who would never think to darken the doors of a temple.

These were the ones that were relevant to Him then.

These are the ones who are relevant to Him now.

If we claim the desire to be like Him, should we not feel the same?

Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 The Message

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Anonymous said...

I agree with you...God is always relevant.

Jennifer @ JenniferDukesLee.com said...

I like the way you think, all upside-down-ish. :)

Nikki (Sarah) said...

awesome words....and true

Leslie said...

if we stay in our safe homes doesn't that kinda equal a bucket? Good thoughts.

David Rupert said...

oh oh oh... this really hits me right where I need to be. It seems like we need to 'bend' so much, just so we can adapt and fit in.

But really, truth is truth. And often, in our attempts to bring in the the world, truth gets bent, distorted and out of shape.

And then we do no earthy or heavenly good. Great reflections.