I’ve heard a lot of people challenging others and being challenged and I’m just like okay cool. People challenge me all the time, yet I don’t necessarily leave like CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. It’s just a well-used phrase I guess. Then again, this is just me.
But MAN, have I feel challenged this past week. If people who have been challenged feel this great, it must be an awesome life! I don’t feel a burden to do better or become a better person, but it just makes me want to love Jesus all the more. It’s like fuel for the journey!!! It’s amazing!!!
"If you can be the type of church that doesn’t care about who gets the accolades and who gets the credit at the end of the movie, I know this. If all that was ever said about Hillsong New York City.. if you look back someday in history and it doesn’t have any names and it has no pictures, and it just said ‘some men and some women..’"
Pastor Carl was preaching on Mark 2. I think that whole chapter challenged me like no other, but there’s a part of it that really hit me. In verse 3, it specifically said “four men.”
These four men did something amazing. They blew up the roof of the house that Jesus was teaching in and then lowered their paralyzed friend in front of Jesus.
They deserved to be acknowledged, right? Jesus could’ve looked at them and said, “Hey, good job yall.” The simplest thing that the Bible could have done was just say their names. But no, this incredible act of faith just amounted to them being called “four men.”
If down the line, I do amazing things.. like plant a church, save thousands, bring the Gospel to countries that have never heard of it, and whatever else.. if I’m written down in history as “some guy..” I hate it. I want at least my name to be known. I just want people to know that it was Jonathan Lee who did all those instead of some ambiguous guy.
So I just realized that I wanted to be known in this story. It’s like me saying, “Jesus, you did a great job. Let me add on to what you did.” Dummy, nothing needs to be added on! It’s perfect as is!
Man, if everything I do amounts to me being “some guy,” but as a result makes people see Jesus as Jesus instead of some vague concept, I hope that I will never for a second think about the status I deserve.