11 July 2016
Updating Jesus – Past and Future
Greetings Dear Reader,
We understand as Christ followers that Jesus was here. We understand that he will return. Accepting who Jesus is requires that we see these things as real. Most who claim to follow Christ will acknowledge his advent and his imminent return.
It is the now that seems to be a challenge. It is that Jesus claims to be always present that we ignore. Jesus is present in every moment waiting for us to look for him and to him. This is where we fail to see him.
Too often we are comfortable with the historical Jesus but not the present power of a living God. As we move from moment to moment, hour to hour, and day to day we fail to embrace that Jesus is ever present. It is why we allow ourselves to fail to follow. It is why we do not live as Christ followers in the moment.
For a few years there was the WWJD (What would Jesus Do?) movement. It was a meme thaw was maligned, and mocked. It was a commercial success. It was also a very central truth that was touted but rarely embraced. It is truly my obligation to move through every moment with this in mind.
If I believe that Jesus is who he claimed to be (and I do) then I must move in to every moment searching for him. I must ask what he would do in the moment. I must embrace his expectations of me in the moment. When I dither over decisions I must literally ask, “What would Jesus do?”
If updating Jesus means removing him from the moment in any situation we are failing at following. We deny the power of Christ when we ignore his presence in any instant. He is there waiting to give us the will and the power to follow him through anything. All we need to do is acknowledge and follow. The rest will work out as it should.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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