Posts Tagged ‘Jesus

23
Sep
08

Religious Views

I’ll admit that I’ve become a Facebook junkie. I especially enjoy keeping in touch with our Seesalt family and reconnecting with friends from the past that I actually know. Believing that things should be at least occasionally refreshed, I decided last night to change my response to Political Views (I don’t want to be president) and Religious Views. My response of “I view religion quite often – I strongly prefer a relationship with Jesus” was due to be replaced (but it is still true).

I have a hard time giving normal answers. Actually it’s pretty easy, but not nearly as much fun. Again playing off of the “view” idea, I originally changed it simply to “Far-sighted” and headed for bed. On the way down the hall I began to think that maybe “near-sighted” might have been a better answer. It’s good to be far-sighted – to look ahead, to have vision for the future, to see the bigger picture…  But sometimes as Christians we can focus so much on looking ahead to the sweet by and by  that we forget the here and now. As another cliche goes, we can be so heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good. 

In Matt. 6:34, Jesus said: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  We certainly do have plenty of trouble to deal with each day. Some problems belong to us – everything from how do I afford gas to what am I supposed to be doing with my life. Other trouble belong to people around us – people to whom we are called to minister. Most of them have at least the problems we have and usually a lot more.  I wondered if I should change my out-of-the-box religious views response to “near-sighted”?

But if we focus too much on the immediate cares of the world, we’re also out of balance. It could probably lead quickly to getting discouraged and giving up. We need balance. I ended up coming back into the International Home Office and changing my Facebook to “Hopefully far-sighted and near-sighted.”

The reality is that on my own I have pretty poor vision. Figuratively speaking I have trouble seeing things up close and far away without a corrective lens. To see clearly I need to filter my views through my relationship with Jesus.  Hebrews 12:2-3 says “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus … so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” 

When our religious view is Jesus, we can see much more clearly – near and far.




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