Faith From the Front Row
Greetings Church Family,
There’s a scene in the movie “Crocodile Dundee” (who remembers that movie?!) where Mick Dundee, the rough and manly Australian cowboy from the Outback, and his lady friend are caught in an attempted robbery in New York City. The thug pulls out a switchblade and demands he hand over his wallet. “What for?” he calmly replies. The woman is quick to point out, “Mick, he has a knife!” To which Mick chuckles and says…"That’s not a knife…THIS is a knife!” (As he pulls out a 12-inch machete!)
Sometimes comparing & contrasting can be a powerful and helpful tool. It’s a tool the Bible often employs and one that even Jesus used on numerous occasions in his parables. As silly as it sounds, I’ve often thought of that movie scene when it comes to many people’s (or my own!) view of God and when considering what is truly praiseworthy. So often our perspective is way off. We get intimidated by the wrong things, enamored by the wrong things, and are tempted to be scared by the wrong things. We view the world as big and God as small. The world seems strong and God seems weak. Nothing could be further from the truth.
That point was made clear again this last Sunday as Pastor Josh preached from Esther chapter 1, comparing and contrasting the power, glory and wealth of the worldly King Xerxes with the true power, glory and wealth of the Real King Jesus. As human beings we are hard-wired to be enamored by worldly displays of opulent fame & fortune. When really, in Christ, we should chuckle and think… “that’s not a ‘kingdom’…THIS is a Kingdom!” as we point to the character and nature of the Kingdom of God. That’s not power…THIS is power. That’s not love…THIS is love. That’s not leadership…THIS is leadership. That’s not a good king…THIS is a Good King.
Remember friends, Jesus Christ is the true & better King. All other claims to power and glory, in this world, or in our own hearts, will one day quickly bow in surrender to Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Let us not be intimidated or enamored by the kingdoms of this world. Let us look to Jesus and worship Him who is worthy of praise and alone offers eternal life and joy in His presence.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” - Colossians 1:15-18
"You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” - Psalm 16:11
From the Front Row,