Faith & Values
Preacher's Corner: It's time to rethink Jesus
Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 10:43 PM
I had my headphones in jamming out to some Hootie and The Blowfish, when all the sudden I had the urge to listen to something different. So I pulled out my iPhone 5 and downloaded my favorite Weezer album – yes, I am a huge bluegrass fan – and continued working.
My mind flashed back to 1994 when, if I wanted music, I had to drive 45 minutes to buy a cassette tape or sit by the radio and record my favorite song. I began to think about, if I wanted to send a message, I had to actually write it down on a piece of paper and send it through the mail. If I wanted to kill time and play a game, I had to sit in front of this giant computer and try to move a family to Oregon without breaking an axle wheel or catching yellow fever.
Flash forward 20 years, and now I carry a computer in my pocket. How crazy is that? We have a computer in our pocket.
Technology today has made me rethink everything. It’s made me rethink convenience, rethink creativity, rethink possibilities, rethink rethinking. This next line you are about to read is shocking, so prepare yourself. According to a recent survey of iPhone users, the least used option on the iPhone is – pause for dramatics – the actual phone. We use it for texting, emailing, maps, checking social media, and we have replaced moving the family to Oregon with clashing clans with people all over the world. But the main thing it was invented for we use the least. I mean, it is called the iPHONE.
I have to admit I am guilty of using my pocket computer in every way except its main purpose, and sometimes I do the same thing to Jesus. Think about it. We have the Son of God beside us at all times but most of us hardly access Him throughout our day.
Sure we love church, events, fellowship, potlucks, – if those still even exist – small groups, but sometimes we loose focus on the center of it all, Christ. Many times when we do access Him, it is out of desperation or out of guilt.
I believe that Jesus wants to live with us every second of every day. He wants us to find true joy in our walk with Him; He doesn’t want us to keep Him in our pockets only to be with Him occasionally. Jesus’s main purpose was to come walk as we walk and die so that you and me can truly live.
The only thing He wants from us is all our heart, soul, mind, and strength every minute of every day, but sometimes we just put our savior in our pocket and use him for other things.
I have truly had to rethink Jesus. Am I giving him everything I have and being the disciple He has called me to be, or am I just picking and choosing which parts of Christianity fit my life the best?
Rethink your relationship with Jesus.
My prayer is this. God, thank you for eye opening perspective when I least expect it. Help us all to make you our No. 1 priority.
John Carey is youth minister at Life Assembly Church in Mt. Juliet. He’s also master of the Oregon Trail and searcher of Carmen San Diego. Email him at [email protected]. Preacher’s Corner features a new local preacher writing a column each month.