Lift

January 25, 2011

Interesting thought this morning.  So, what if you are standing right next to the most important person?  You could remove the comma and have a totally different question:  So what if you are standing right next to the most important person?  Either way I think it’s an intriguing question.   (You know what else in intriguing?  I didn’t know how to spell intriguing.  Now I do.)

Standing next to the president, are you any less valuable to the kingdom?  To your family?  Sometimes I think we look too much at what man values and we need to look more closely at what God values.        Remember when God chose David?  (I Samuel)  He didn’t pick the biggest or strongest.  He looked at the heart.  In fact David’s predecessor, Saul had all the earthly attributes one looks for in a king.  Well, everything except character.

I’m off on a rabbit trail here, sorry. But remember that God wants our hearts bent toward him.  The he can bend our lives in the right direction.

So, where was I going.  Oh, yea.  Lets look at the verse right before The most quoted verse in the Bible.  Let’s look at John 3: 14 & 15.   Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

There are at least a couple of way we can look at this.  The Son of Man was lifted up, on a cross.  This of course made him visible to anyone who bothers to look.  Those who look then have the opportunity to become part of God’s Forever Family. And this viewpoint is certainly correct and it may be the way Jesus intended.  But I’m not sure.

Because when we look at the Great Commandment, (Deuteronomy 6, Matthew 22) and at the Great Commission (Matthew 28) we see an additional way for Jesus to be lifted up. We can lift him up by loving people the way Christ did.  We can lift him up by loving God. And we can lift him up by taking the Good News everywhere we go.  As it says in Ephesians 6, if we…”have our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”  In other words, we need to always be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have ( I Peter 3:15)  Because at some point the Holy Spirit will prompt us, and we will have the opportunity to lift up Christ, and they will have the opportunity to choose to follow.

By trusting God, and letting him guide our lives and our choices, we are lifting him up.  By seeking personal holiness and godly habits, we are lifting him up.  By loving our neighbors, our friends, even our relatives, we are lifting him up.

So even if you are standing next to the most important person, or the most important verse, there is something equally important right next to them (or it).

Eternal life comes when Jesus is lifted up.

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