You see, he fits perfectly into our lives when we limit him. We say things like, “Okay, Jesus, you stay there. Shhhh. You stay there. Here’s a pacifier. And I’ve got all my positions and my possessions and my adventure and my relationships, and I will push you in my cart, Jesus. Because after all, you know, I’m Catholic, I’m Lutheran, I’m Baptist, I’m a good guy. I’m compartmentalizing my faith, because I’ve got a little religion right here. That’s cool with God. And I’ve got my recreational life here, my personal life here. Jesus, don’t look back at the other parts of my life now.”
But, once we give our carts to Christ we have the ultimate position, ultimate possessions, ultimate adventure, and ultimate relationships. We’re related to the Lord himself. We’re his child. We’ve been adopted into his family. And, because of that, we are right vertically. Then we are right horizontally with other people.
Shop Until You Drop
I think most of us in this place need to do what the wise men did years ago. The wise men were shoppers, guys. They were shoppers, women. Two thousand years ago they were searching and they were seeking—they were shopping. They were brilliant men, heavy hitters, and prosperous guys. They were connected to the natural sciences. The Bible says they did this in Matthew 2:11, “…they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him.” They shopped until they dropped.
Needless to say, the children were enamored in the equipment, in the words, in the facts about sharks and shark fishing like I am.
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