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A man is walking his dog down the sidewalk of a busy and fast moving street. As cars are whizzing by at 60 miles per hour the dog is anxiously straining and struggling against his leash. He is pulling the owner along and is walking at close to a 45 degree angle almost choking itself to death trying to move faster and go in the direction he wants. The owner knows better than to let his dog off the leash. The dog is ignorant to the fact that only inches away is certain and grizzly death. How often do we struggle and fight and strain against God’s direction? If we would only relax and enjoy his guidance we would not feel the choke nor get into the nasty mess we often find ourselves.
The tight rope walker set up his line across Niagara Falls much to the amazement of the crowd. They watched as he walked back and forth with ease. He then filled a wheelbarrow with sand bags and walked it across. People were stunned! They clapped and cheered as he did it several times while making it look like a walk in the park. Then he asked the crowd “Do you believe I can do this with a person in the wheelbarrow?” They cheered and shouted emphatically “YES!” Then he went up to each person and said he would take them across safely. What would your response be? I don’t know if you would put your trust in him when it came to your life and safety. Many people believe Jesus when he says he is God’s Son sent to earth to save many, but how many actually believe in Him? Put their trust in Him? Believing is one thing, believing in is entirely different. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! (James 2:19)
Conversation Between Jesus and a Modern Day “Christian” by jwise
(Jesus’ words in blue)
Oh.. well hello. Mike. Glad to meet you. *hand shake*
Greetings, Mike. My name is Jesus.
Jesus? Ah, Jesus! I know you! From the Bible, right?
Yes, that’s me. Would you like to follow after me for a while?
Well, I’d love to, Jesus… But, see, 24 is on tonight, and if I miss even one episode, the show just won’t make any sense! But don’t worry, I’m DEFINITELY one of your believers!
“Believers?” I’m not familiar with that phrase…
You know.. Your followers.. A Christian!
Strange.. I would have guessed that my followers were those who… follow me.
Well, yeah, if you take everything literally! But I know the Bible pretty well. You have to to be a believer, ya know? *nervous laugh* And it’s by grace through FAITH that I’m saved, not of works. And I KNOW I have faith, Jesus. I mean, you should know that too, right?
If you believe my Word, then why do you not follow me?
I told you, I’d love to.. but…
*interrupting* but your TV show is a must-see. I know.
Great. I’m glad you understand. I’ll talk to you later, ya know. When I pray for dinner!
Actually, I don’t know that I DO understand. Do you love me?
What kind of a silly question is that??! Of course I love you! All Christians love you!
Then follow me!
We’ve been through this twice now, Jesus.
You love your TV show more than me. Is that not true?
Of course it’s not true!
Actions speak louder than words, Mike.
*a bit frustrated* Jesus, of course I love you more than ANYTHING. I’d DIE for you!
You would? But you won’t follow me? I think you’re deceiving yourself. Come, follow me, and I will show you my Kingdom.
Oh, I know your Kingdom. It’s Heaven! I’m already assured a spot there myself! But that time comes later… after I die. I’ll see you there, okay?
Mike, do you not know that I am the Way? No man will enter my Kingdom unless he follows me there.
Jesus, we’ve been through this already, too! I DO believe in you. I have faith. That’s all I need to get into Heaven.
You say you’re familiar with the Bible?
Well, remember what my brother James said? That faith without works is dead?
Yeah.. That means that because I’m a Christian, I should go to church and try to be happy about it.
Not at all. It means that if your faith doesn’t lead you to die daily, pick up your cross, and follow me, then your faith is not really faith at all.
Preposterous! I have faith, Jesus! I know I do, because I asked you into my heart years ago!
Asked me into your heart? What on earth does that mean?
It means I gave over my will and decided to do what you want me to do!
First, I never told ANYONE to “ask me into his heart”. Secondly, you demand that you won’t follow me, but now tell me that years ago decided to do whatever I want you to do? Mike, you’re not making any sense.
Okay, Jesus, so I’m not perfect.
No, you’re certainly not. But follow me, and I will make you new; I will teach you how to live unto righteousness. I will forgive your sins and make you clean.
You did that already, Jesus! *nervous laugh*
Obviously not. You say you love me, but you will not follow. You say you believe, but you will not obey. Yet you expect that your sins are forgiven.
Of course they are. John said “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I’m aware of what John said. He spoke truthfully of me. Surely I will forgive those who confess their sins. But it is in following me that you realize the latter part — Truly I will remove all sin from you, and train you in righteousness.
I dunno… It sounds like works to me! I know the Gospel — that Heaven is available to everyone who believes.
You think you believe, but you deceive yourself. If you believe, then forget about your TV show and come follow me! I will give you life everlasting.
I already HAVE eternal life!
Apart from me you are dead, Mike.
*Mike staring off into space*
Yeah, sorry… See that guy over there?
Yes, Dave. He is SUCH a jerk!
Mike! What did I tell you about calling your neighbor a “jerk”? Do you know I made Dave in my image? I have great plans for him!
He cut me off on my way to work.. I was SO mad, Jesus! Heh, I guess a few words slipped on that day…
I’ll say they did. But remember that out of a man’s heart come his words.
Yeah.. anyway, he’s always such a jer– I mean, so mean to me!
Mike, you’ve never even met him! Why don’t you forgive him for cutting you off? That was over three years ago.
I can’t forgive him, Jesus! I’ve tried; I just can’t…
Do you not know what I said of those who won’t forgive? Truly, I tell you, if you do not forgive Dave, and anyone else, then my Father will by no means forgive you.
Oh, come on, Lord!
Why do you call me Lord? You refuse to follow me. You refuse to do as I say. You say you believe, but your heart is far from me.
*getting angry now* Jesus, maybe those silly legalists got to you. I KNOW I have faith! I KNOW I’m going to Heaven someday. You’re way too caught up in works and proving my faith. I’ll show you someday. I’m going to go watch 24 now. I hope you get back to the Jesus I know — love and hope and GOOD NEWS. Have a good night.
As I have been, so am I now, and so I will always be. Truly I tell you, turn from your wicked ways, forgive those who sin against you, let go of this world, come follow me, and I will certainly give you eternal life. I love you, Mike.
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
My dad, Chuck Queener shared this with me and I had to share it with you. Enjoy!
When we ‘talk-the-talk’, we have to ‘walk-the-walk’
The light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing,
stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red
light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in
frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the
intersection…dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked
up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her
to exit her car with her hands up.. he took her to the police station where
she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the
door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting
officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind
your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of
you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’
bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to
Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish
emblem on the trunk, so naturally…I assumed you had stolen the car.”
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25 (ESV)
A man is asked by God to push a huge rock. He tries to push the rock but it won’t budge. He leans in with all his might, but still it is too heavy. He sits back to take a swig of water but gets right back up and tries to move it. He digs his heals in while sweat breaks from his forehead and blisters start to form on his hands. He takes another break, but continues what seems like a futile attempt, yet he still tries. Finally God comes back to see how he is doing. The man tells God that he is sorry but he was unable to move the rock at all. As he lowers his head, God lifts him up and says “I did not ask you to move the rock, only that you would push it.” The man was blessed by God for his obedience even when it seemed it was futile.
How often do we think what we do is in vain. Certain prayers are asked over and over and nothing happens, yet the Lord commands us to pray. We obediently follow his Word and at times feel dismayed and want to give up. Don’t, just obey. The Lord will bless you even if it is just for your simple yet profound act of obedience.
Maranatha! (Our Lord Cometh!)
A young boy and his family ventured into an antique store. Somehow in the midst of the beautiful trappings the boy got separated from his parents. It was too quite for too long and the parents got nervous. They started looking for their child. They found him, to their despair, in the back of the store with his had and arm reaching into a very expensive and very old vase. They hurried over to the child and calmly asked him to remove his hand and to stop messing around as they did not want him to break anything. To their horror, the child could not remove his hand. They tried everything while trying to avoid the shop owner’s scanning eyes. What would they do? They finally gave up and decided to tell the owner. He went to the back to get some liquid soap and water. They tried everything. They finally decided there was no hope. They would have to break the vase and pay for it too. The owner went back to his desk to find a hammer. When he returned and just before he was going to smash the antique into pieces the child’s father asked him, “Son, is there anything you would like to say before we do this?” and he replied in a sheepish tone, “Dad?… Would it help if I let go of the quarter?”
How often do we hold onto the trappings of this life. While it is our only perspective, it is not the ONLY perspective. God has something far better for us waiting in Heaven. The angels must pity us knowing what they know. Let go of all those things in your life that really do not mean anything.
(Parable derived from Pastor Mike Fabarez)