Thursday, September 01, 2005

Because Jesus might do it

Got around to listening to some more of my tapes from Forge and have been inspired about many things once more.

Was listening to some stuff from Michael Frost and it was just brilliant. For anybody that hasn't heard him before-he's an extremely gifted communicator, and always leaves me more fired up to follow Jesus.

One of the things that has been playing in my head is this one saying 'because we can imagine Jesus might do it'. We shouldn't start new churches and try to live missionally in our areas because everybody else is, or just because people are leaving church at the moment, or because him and Al Hirsch, or any of the other Forge dudes said it makes sense, but for no other reason than the fact that its something we could imagine Jesus doing.

If we can imagine Jesus spending all his time developing programs to invite people to, then we should too, but if we can't, then don't. If we can imagine Jesus talking to his neighbours, then maybe we should. If we can imagine Jesus having a big house and a nice car, then maybe we should too...

I guess its just been a real time of revisting what has now beome a crappy corporate slogan-WWJD. As much as that pithy little acronym annoys me because of all the marketing and crap behind the bracelets/shirts/stickers, the moment we stop challenging ourselves with that question, I believe we start to lose what it is to follow Jesus into the world.

10 comments:

mase said...

good call digs. i reckon this is one major reason why tis so vital to soak yourself into reading the Bible (among many other beyond valid reasons)...cos if you input stuff like that into your brain, it naturally comes out, even without conscious effort, to an extent.

digs, random thought:
you know that massive storm that we had other night? as i was lying in my warm, snuggly bed and the thunder,lightning and rain was raging outside, i suddenly realised in that moment of appreciating the shelter i was in, that some people had to sleep on the street that night. i was like. woah. it's logical, and it's like 'no duh mase' but it hit me in a realer way than usual. you know what? if i was a grown up and had a car n stuff, i'd drive down into Frankston, pick people up off the street, load up the car wit em and take 'em back to the church to stay in for the night. (if i had the authority/permission/means to do so). ok, maybe i haven't come up with the practicalities, but stil...
sorry, using ur blog as mine again! tis so convenient! :)
cya soon.

Esky said...

Hey mate,
This reminds of this movie i saw called "saved", where a young teen "does it" with her gay boyfriend, believing that 'jesus told her to' so he could get excepted into the "chosen place". Kinda hard to explain...it's one of those have to see it to understand ones, But it really challenges you and your place with God. It made me question the whole "WWJD".

Peace

owl said...

Well said, guys. - I had a recurring dream
of being a factory nightwatchman who 'left
a door open' - know how you feel - but I
couldn't think of a way to make it happen
either. Ozanam house (www.vinnies.org) in
melb has a shelter for homeless men, & are
probably a good source of info.

jarrod....... said...

Hey digs.
One thing that Grant suggests about the slogan "What would jesus do" is that we are not called to do as jesus did. ie. die on the cross. though it is a little analie retentive (sorry grant) but he suggest a more accurate acronym would be "WWJHYD" ie. "what would jesus have you do." Tho it is a little less marketable...

Any thoughts?

Digger said...

Yeah so true Mase, that was so gonna be my next post, that was exactly where my line of thinking was going, and has been something God's been challenging me on.

Yeah Marcus Curnow used to do that, his church always got him in trouble for letting people sleep there, cos the House of God is to be used only for worship ;)

Digger said...

Yeah thats an interesting thought hey owl, I reckon the important thing is to not let that dream/idea just pass, but keep stewing on it to see if God wants to take you anywhere with it...

Digger said...

Yeah I think we've had this discussion before Jarrod and I kinda agree and disagree.

Thought that just occured, maybe we are called to die unto ourselves, to give up our plans, agendas and thoughts for God's...

So maybe we are called to sacrificially give up our lives for a cause greater than ourselves, maybe not physically die for it like Jesus did, but still to give it all up...

The Rev said...

Yes I believe we are called to give it all up. And many many that have gone before us have even given up their life. The question should not be what would Jesus have you do, that leaves too much room to say, oh well Jesus just wants me to be happy.

The question should be, what would Jesus do if he were me. And the answer is not easy to come up with. But that is the great thing, we must walk with a fearful reliance on God, he can adjust our path, if we acknowledge him.

mase said...

did marcus really used to do that digs? wow, i should hang out wit that guy!!!

Anonymous said...

wwjd - walk with jesus daily.