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Topic: Click (04/18/13)
TITLE: Remotely Christian
By Janet Kelly
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A few years ago there was a movie released entitled CLICK. It was about a man who was given a remote control with which he could “control” his life. He chose to abuse the power and started fast forwarding through trials in his life. Anything he didn't want to deal with he would just fast forward to something else. If he didn't want to hear a conversation he would just tune it out. He wanted to go through life painlessly but actually ended up missing everything in life that was important.
This makes me wonder if we do the same thing in our spiritual lives. The Bible tell us in John 10:10 (Jesus speaking) “I am come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly...”
Do we get so bogged down with the things we don't want to go through that we miss the abundant life Jesus has promised us?
I once heard a message where the minister asked if we lived every day waiting for the next shoe to drop. As I thought about this I realized there was a lot of truth in what he said. Do we wake up every morning expecting the great things God has promised us or are we looking ahead to things that might go wrong? Do we allow worry and stress to rob us of our joy? If we rely on circumstances in our life to dictate our joy, we will lose. It seems that as long as life is moving along smoothly in a way that is pleasing us we have joy. When we run into bumps along the road of life our joy disappears.
It should not be this way!
Jesus came to earth as a human, felt what we feel, died for our sins, and freed us from the burden, guilt and penalty of sin. Not only did He die for us but on the third day He rose again victoriously!! We should be the happiest, most carefree people in the world. So why are we missing the abundant life and all its' blessings?
Just like the person in the movie, “clicking” his way through life, we are just trying to get through the rough spots as quickly as we can. We are eager to “fast forward” if you will, to the next stage in our lives. No one enjoys trials and difficulties but they are a part of life and will actually make us appreciate life even more. There are lessons to be learned in trials. We should ask “Lord what are you trying to teach us through this difficulty?”instead of resisting it. HE hasn't promised us life without trials but HE has promised to go through them with us. A reminder of this is found in Isaiah 43:2
Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (NKJV)
Do we enjoy trials? Of course not! But let's not be so overwhelmed by them that we miss out on the rich, lavish, abundant life Christ has promised us! Put down the “remote” and trust God!
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