For those of you, who don’t get American TV, let me fill you in on some of the most popular shows: American Idol, The X Factor, The Voice – all singing talent shows, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars. There are probably more shows in this category but you get the picture. We are bombarded with people trying to be the next showcase. People cry, they scream, they want to be “famous”. Maybe at age 18 I felt like this at times but at 52 I just want to be left alone.
What would a show called “Kingdom Idol” look like? Would a fast talking emcee call contestants up to perform their greatest “Kingdom deed”? Would contestants try out before a panel of judges to see who had the best “spiritual gift”? How would we judge the contestants? On the number of souls saved? The number of miracles performed? How well they prayed? How well they preached? We could test them on how well they know the scriptures or how many books they’ve written.
How would our “Kingdom Idol” look compared to God’s Kingdom Idol? I don’t think Jesus would have showed up for the audition yet alone performed on stage. The people that Jesus nominated would have been laughed out of the audition without receiving a ticket to Hollywood. Cripples, tax thieves, prostitutes, adulterers.
Auditions begin now for the next season . . .
Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
I heard this term recently and it intrigued me. Fund a war. My imagination goes to a billionaire that gets mad at a country and hires a team of mercenaries to destroy it. The person who said it was talking about missions and the fight to get the Gospel out to all the nations.
My thoughts went to the battles that we each need to fight. You know what yours are. You may have made some known to others but some are hidden in your closet. Some are embarrassing and some are awful but they exist and they threaten you. Does your battle belong to the Lord or is it your own strife that stirs it up?
This word is to provoke prayer. Most of us know the scripture:
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
But I also want to quote from Joshua 5:
13 Now when Joshua was nearJericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
Whatever you are fighting, give it to the Lord. It’s His battle not yours. Joshua knelt down and took off his shoes.
That is probably a good way for us to start . . .
We don’t like to see them. We certainly don’t want to smell them. They get dirty. They ache. They start out so cute on babies and turn into gnarled calloused abused body parts by the time we are old. But we wouldn’t want to live without them. They’re pretty important for getting around. When they hurt, our whole bodies hurt. It’s really hard to get out of bed when we know they hurt. Anyone (including me) who has suffered from gout REALLY understands this. They are essential body parts that we need to take care of.
Our son Isaiah has been helping to coach a children’s soccer team this spring. When I asked him in the beginning of the season how it was going he replied “I spend most of my time tying shoe strings”. Now that he is several weeks into the season he talks about how much he enjoys the kids. He knows their names. He knows which ones are good and which ones don’t listen. He said he will miss them when the season is over. And to think these relationships started with “tying shoe strings”.
I’m sorry to be redundant but we need to be constantly reminded that “it’s the little things that matter”. We don’t need to change the world but we DO need to tie shoe strings. Smile. Say hello. Help someone across the street. Love. Care. Say a prayer for someone at work.
Love a lot this week.
Luke 7:44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”