Sunday, July 7, 2013

Open Hands


Lately, I've been questioning my heart whenever I've subtly expressed a condescending "He/she needs Jesus" attitude, rather than confess the "higher road" truth of "I need Jesus just as much as anyone else". When deflating encounters with moody cashiers, irritating drivers and patronizing employees occur, how do we navigate the temptation to tighten clenched fist when our default remark comes knocking on the door of our tongue? Why is it we occasionally manipulate faith into a hollow, religious rock we hide under as a means of "self-control"? If God understands our hearts better than we do, wouldn't it make sense to fully honor God's ability to know us? We may evade deeper trouble by diluting anger to a silent sneer, but permitting the cancerous effects of indifferent entitlement is anything but a demonstration of salt and light. The lure of depreciating others on the heels of an embarrassing or unjust moment is an surmountable trap when we allow the better alternative of, "I need Jesus too" or "Jesus, I need you more than yesterday" to manifest within us. 

People need to see Jesus in us before they can know to need Jesus. Yet, if the equipped Christian cannot discern an "open door" opportunity to bless people, what does this say about the 21st century evangelical church? While I believe in the God-given desire of men to influence others, if consistency lacks, then we risk turning away the heads of those already blind to their need of a Savior. We cannot underestimate the power of an offensive spirit with self-exhalting undercurrents, no matter how pure we deem our hearts to be. To be Christ is to be an extension of grace to those overcome by guilt (the difference in where a person thinks he/she is with respect to moral standards to what he/she believes is the absolute apex) and apathy (the "passion level" difference between a person's desire to live for the self as compared to God/others). 

To effectively represent the Kingdom requires living with open hands, palm side up. Add a few cups of humility and dependence and suddenly, you have a practically efficient recipe in making God's day, as well as the desperate soul who needs a refreshing dose of genuine altruistism.

To judge righteously means not jumping to conclusions based on the tip of the interactive iceberg. Why waste a moment to love a life by revealing God's character for the sake of justifyingly ranking people based on perceived demeanor. 

Thus, I'm boycotting the "some more than others" mentality. We all need Jesus. End of story. 

Scriptural Inspiration


"7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." ~ 1 John 1:7 (ESV)

"If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin." ~ 1 John 1:6-7 (ESV)

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