Sleepy Christians

October 21, 2014

One of my sons had a soccer game this past Saturday.

The previous week, the team of 9 year olds had a bye week. A week off. They didn’t play. And, a few of the soccer practices had been cancelled due to rain. The kids hadn’t played or practiced for a few weeks.

Saturday’s game was dismal. A shambles of a game. My son had fun running all over the field with the other 9 year olds, but he was not playing soccer. He ran after the ball slowly, sleepily, barely getting his foot to the ball. They lost the game.

Do we follow Jesus this way?

Christians can take a week off church here and there, like a bye week from a soccer game…

Live prayerless and Wordless lives, the same as canceling soccer practice…

Run around a lot, have fun, look busy…

But this just leads to slow, sleepy, barely their faith–Christianity without the power of God 

Guess who loses?

We do. And so do the people who need to hear about Jesus.

Not so surprising tells…

October 17, 2014

If we are honest with God, we will be honest with people.

If we are wide-open and free with God, we will be wide-open and free to be our truest self with people; unafraid; unashamedly unafraid.

If we are transparent with God, we will be transparent with people.

If we are at home and comfortable in the presence of God, we will be at home and comfortable in the presence of people; any person, anywhere; they are our family.

If we are quick to respond to God in obedience, we will be quick to respond to people with loving kindness–because this is obedience.

If we have met with the authority and Lordship of Jesus in our life, then we quickly recognize and rightly honor authority in people.

The opposite is true too…

Dishonesty with people shows a heart that is dishonest with God.

A lack of openness and sincere warmth with people shows a heart that is closed, with hard areas before God, possibly from fear. Fear causes insecurity because of a lack of trust in God.

An inability to be transparent before people shows there are things hidden, and even things unrepented of, before God.

Uncomfortable with people shows a person hasn’t yet learnt to be comfortable in the presence of God, or simply, doesn’t spend time with God–prayerlessness.

A lack of love or kindness shows an unresponsive heart to God.

Disrespectful, arrogance, rejecting authority shows a person hasn’t yet met with the authority of Jesus. Jesus is not Lord, the person is lord over their life.

…And I’m talking about Christians.

Poem to Christians

September 25, 2014

I was hungry and you formed a humanities club to discuss my hunger
Thank you
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel to pray for my release
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance
What good did it do?
I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health
But I needed you
I was homeless and you preached to me of the shelter of the love of God
I wish you’d taken me home
I was alone and you left me alone to pray for me
Why didn’t you stay?
You seem so holy, so close to God; but I’m still very hungry, lonely, cold, and still in pain
Do I matter to you?