Tuesday, February 18, 2014
"I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the
authority of Jesus, our Master...You must get along with each other.
You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life
in common...I bring this up because some...brought a most
disturbing report to my attention - that you're fighting among
yourselves!...When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ."
My mom threatened to stop leaving messages on my cellular if I didn't change the message:
Someday...[dramatic pause]...everybody will return from the cemetery...[dramatic pause]...
but you...[dramatic pause]...If that thought troubles you, you really don't get it. You
really don't get what Jesus has done for you; and...[dramatic pause]...I would like to
talk to you about Him at anytime...[dramatic pause]...Sorry, I can't come to the phone
right now; but if you'd leave your name, telephone number, and brief message after
the beep...[no dramatic pause]...I'll return your call as soon as I can. God bless you!
My wife wasn't encouraging either: "Why can't you just say, 'Can't come to the phone right now; so leave a message. God bless!'?"
Not being a priest, no other woman rivals their place in my life; not to mention my sister.
They commanded my attention; not to mention my, uh, sister.
Besides, I noticed a big reduction in voicemails since recording that message; so I changed it:
O.K., let's make a deal in a Christian kinda way! The world, America, families, and even
churches that should know better are a mess - plagued by separation, divorce, disunity,
irreconcilable attitudes and actions. So let's agree to model Someone better! Jesus!
Let's agree to be forgiving, reconciling, and loving like Jesus! I can't come to the phone
right now; but if you'd leave your name, telephone number, and brief message after the
beep, I'll return your call as soon as I can. God bless you!
I still like the first message.
It's what Christianity is really all about in the end.
It addresses humanity's greatest fear with His greatest assurance.
I like the second message.
It's how Christians act when they get what Christianity is all about in the end.
It addresses the kinda conduct that confirms confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior.
I'll keep the second message on my cellular for a while.
If anyone complains about it, I'll go back to the first message.
If anyone complains about it, I'll go back to the second message.
If anyone complains about it, I'll go back to the...
Andy was an inspiration for sticking with what's/Who's important over what's/who's incidental.
Trained in America and Europe sooooooo apologetically as in advocating/defending the intellectual credibility of Christianity, my messages/lectures were sooooo...academic that Andy shook his head after I went on and on and on about something related to Someone, smiled, and said, "Bob, just give 'em the gospel...[dramatic pause]...for Christ's sake!"
He reminded me of a guest preacher in preaching class who counseled, "When bringing a message to the people, don't pluck the turkey in front of them....[dramatic pause]...Just deliver it!"
I think I'm starting to get it/Him.
There's no need to argue about Jesus by the book.
Just announce who Jesus is and what Jesus does by the book.
Blessings and Love!