Thank you Jesus

In 2016, a teenager from North Carolina wanted to do something to express his love for Jesus.  He got a yard sign and put three simple words on it: Thank you Jesus.  That was it.  He put it in his front yard and went about his normal teenage life.  It wasn’t long before his neighbors saw the sign and asked for one for their yards as well.  Soon the requests were in the thousands.  Today, over 20,000 yard signs have been made and distributed.  The signs are sold with the profits being used to fund grants for churches and non-profits in the local area.  What makes this story so special?  This teenager simply wanted to show his gratitude, publicly, for Christ.  He wasn’t looking to make a living.  He was simply being sincere and intentional about his faith and wanted to share that.  Reminds me of a verse.  “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)

Looking through the list of ideas and actions that define a lukewarm christian, I came to this statement: Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act.  They assume such action is for “extreme” Christians, not average ones.  They call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers.

Reading the news story about the thank you signs painted it as a viral movement that was out of the ordinary.  That is what our Christian walk looks like more often than not – ordinary.  I came across another article that asked several “Christians” about myths they have heard used to describe a Christian.  One statement said, “There are also people who say they’re Christians but don’t do anything about it.  They give people the impression that Christians are just like anyone else, that there’s nothing special about being a Christian.  Wow.  What a statement.  To summarize that statement – I’ve been given the greatest gift, that I didn’t earn that has set me apart from the lost world, and guarantees me a life with Jesus Christ standing right beside me, or more appropriately, holding me up and an eternity in Heaven, but I’m really no different from anyone else.  I’m not special?  Nothing can be further from the truth.  That statement is exactly why we have a society now that considers any life lived out for Christ to be radical and not the norm.

It’s confession time…again.  I have lived a life, and still struggle with this today, where I was just an ordinary Christian.  I haven’t done anything impacting for Christ.  All too often, I have praised God for great people who do great things, but missed the point, that I, too, am called to do great things for  Christ.  What is a great thing for Christ?  Is it leading a massive revival of thousands?  Is it organizing a food drive that feeds hundreds?  Sure, those things are great and far-reaching, but so is walking across the street to my neighbor’s house and telling him about Jesus.  In today’s world that can be just as radical as starting a massive revival.  Perhaps too much emphasis has been placed on not “boasting” or holding ourselves higher than others.  We feel like we are to be meek and out of the spotlight.  That’s true to an extent.  It’s God’s glory.  That’s the goal.  But how can I bring glory to God if I am not about His work?

The Bible is full of stories of seemingly “nobodies” doing amazing things for God.  Moses was a shepherd, Daniel – a captive slave, Peter and John – fishermen.  We too can be just a great in God’s eyes if we give 100% in one area – faith.  When I think about this lukewarm statement, I keep coming back to faith.  We don’t have the faith that God seeks from us.  We are content to simply believe and enjoy the benefit of knowing one day we’ll be with Jesus.  We don’t step out in faith to do what God has laid on our heart from the moment we trusted Him as our savior.

Think about the last part of the statement above – we call radical what Jesus expects from all of His followers.  Jesus has no prerequisites for radical faith other than that – faith.

Lord, today, I humbly acknowledge I have lived a life that is far too “ordinary” and not anything that resembles radical.  You have gifted me with the holy spirit and have simply asked that I step out in complete faith and allow you to use me.  Forgive me for failing you so greatly in this area.  May today be the day that I embrace my faith in you and yield my life to you completely.  I pray that you’ll use me just as you created me to be used.  In your name I pray – Amen.

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