Shopping Mall Jesus

I’m so tired of hearing people push Jesus as some means to their earthly happiness. “Get saved and all your troubles disappear”, “Give and you too can have condos, jets, cars, millions in the bank, etc.”, “Pray a prayer and receive your free ticket out of hell, we don’t care how you live the rest of your life”. It’s like we’re trying to con people into getting saved by promising them something the Bible does not. Salvation does not mean freedom from problems. You don’t “get” Jesus to “get” things. You get God when you follow Jesus! That’s what makes it so great! “No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” 1 Jn. 2:23. There is no greater blessing.

God is not just a great big heavenly Santa Claus or some goofy-named sky ferry that bows to our every whim or agrees to our deals… ‘If I do this, God should do this or that for me’. Who are we to think that God in some way owes us anything? We are nothing without Him! He already gives us everything we have, even life, so how can we expect something in return if we give to Him what’s already His. That’s kind of like robbing a bank and then trying to return that money and expecting to collect the reward money for returning it (a simple analogy, I know). That person would make it to the internet as Idiot of the Day. Yet we do the same thing to God sometimes. Yes, God loves us more than we could ever imagine. Yes, He gives us everything we “need”. Yes, He gives us the ability to provide for our families and so much more, but I think our Americanistic (I might have made that one up.. you get the point) view of love and blessing has distorted the way we view God’s love. “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8. I guess that’s just not enough for us. Maybe we think that whole cross routine was just a warm up act or something.

What if we get saved and things “get worse”? What if our families and/or friends disown us or slander us because of our decision? What happens if God, in His sovereignty, even ordains tough times for us? Gasp!! Would God really do such a thing? It doesn’t take too long of looking through the Bible or history books to see what happens to some of the most dedicated followers of Christ. I mean God even asked Satan if he had considered His servant Job for testing and torment. Not to mention what God told Ananias about Paul after his conversion But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15-17. Suffering doesn’t preach too well now-a-days.

The peace we have when we follow Christ is unsurpassed and supernatural. We have eternal life with God in heaven as our promise, God will always love us, always provide for us, never leave us, and give us the grace and strength we need to be and do everything He has called us to be and do. Peace. Hope. Joy. Salvation. That’s the abundant life! I’m just so tired of people using Jesus to sell their crap!

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