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Jesus is like Mac'n'Cheese.

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Jesus is like Mac'n'Cheese.

Jesus is like Mac’n’Cheese.____________________________

It’s that feeling you get in your stomach when you want more than anything to reach out and help someone else, but you can’t, and you’re staring that fact in the face. Adrenaline; often only associated with action scenes from movies and maybe some story about a fight you once got into, but for me its right here, right now. It’s rushing through me, my heart rate is definitely elevated, and all I can think about is, “How can I stop this?”

It makes me wonder, who is Jesus to me right now?

And even more, who is Jesus to them?

Those people we know who are suffering… what can I say about Jesus that will make their situation better? I don’t know the answer and that crushes me inside. I know that Jesus is the savior and that he paid the price for me, and for everyone, and that he rose again and showed us how to live and to operate, but who is he right here and now? Who is Jesus to a single parent with three kids living in a run-down apartment with no food, no power, dirty clothes, and no money until next week? Who is Jesus to the starving children in Africa, or some other obscure place that my Americanized mind cannot even begin to comprehend? What do I have to say to them? Hope of the life to come?

But that’s not fair.

Why should I live an abundant life full of adventure and joy in the ‘here and now’ while others are stuck living hell on earth with only a faint hope toward this mystical idea of “heaven” to come?

Frankly, I am terrified that I don’t know what I would say to someone who asked me what heaven is going to be like. Quite literally, I don’t know. Am I supposed to know? Am I supposed to have the answers? Am I supposed to know what to say and do and feel and share with someone who is living in a hopeless state with nothing to look forward to and no reason to go on? Because this mediocre idea about “Jesus loves you (period)”, is true but incomplete.

I cannot go on pretending that I know how to share Christ with anyone I come across, whatever their situation.

Its like this quick and easy format just doesn’t always apply, or does it?

Step one: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Problem: If someone doesn’t know they are sinful and truly believe they need help, Christ cannot possibly make sense in the picture. And therefore salvation is impossible to be understood.

Step two: “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Problem: If I get a wage, when did I sign a contract? Who says that those rules are mine? What is eternal life? Why should I want to live forever with Jesus? “And don’t feed me that lofty crap about how heaven is… (insert any superficial common saying about heaven here).”

There are more steps and I’m sure you’ve probably heard them all before but the point is, what do we really have to share with people? Jesus met needs and that showed people there was something greater going on. Jesus showed people that there was hope for something better, a.k.a. “Life more abundantly.” And he didn’t say, “suck it up until you get to heaven”, he met needs in the here and now, he is still doing that. So why aren’t we?

What do Jesus and a box of macaroni and cheese have in common?

They meet a need.

So how can we share Christ?

Meet needs.

Everyone everywhere has needs, no matter who they are. Some might be measured as great and others might be seen as small, but they are needs. We are ambassadors for Christ, and as Representatives of the kingdom of God we should reflect exactly what Christ did, he helped others live life more abundantly. He made life better, Here and Now.

© Tom Brown 2007

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  i love your title first of all...extremely eye-catching

I find what you wrote to be very interesting...i believe anyone with half a heart would do as much as they could for the more unfortunate people in the world...however, WE are not Jesus..we cannot do the things that He was able to do, and sadly, as people are starving I personally don't have enough food nor money to help...and while I feel terrible for those who are suffering, that doesn't mean that I should feel guilty that I've been more fortunate

I've also found as well, that when I was in a horrible way, the last thing I wanted to hear was anything about God/Jesus/Heaven. I would have rather nothing be said to me at all than to hear the stereotypical "God works in mysterious ways, it was God's will" etc etc. Sometimes, all people wanna hear is that "i'm sorry you're going thru what you're going thru and if you need someone to talk to I'm always here for you" I know that God is important, and I consider myself a somewhat religious person... but I've also been on the horrible terrifying end of the stick where you're left to wonder why God would let this happen...

yeah, so anyway, there's nothing i really want to say about the piece i said earlier, very eye-catching and interesting....i just more or less wanted to share my little ramble with you

take care
| Posted on 2007-05-18 00:00:00 | by MmR | [ Reply to This ]
  Very original idea--that is, i can't say i've ever heard it before. I like it. It is a very practical and apllicable essay. I liked the line:

Jesus met needs and that showed people there was something greater going on.

I think this was the apex of your piece. I think i liked it because i find myself in a similar fix, and i think it's a common question: what can we really share. The conclusion gives a homely, practical answer: Jesus is like mac'n'cheese, because both of them meet a need.
thx for the words. great write!
N. Imajen
| Posted on 2007-05-16 00:00:00 | by beninbrasil | [ Reply to This ]
  Okay,usually I review pieces but Id like to give my thoughts/opinions.

My belief is that heaven is a state of mind:

I know that Jesus is the savior and that he paid the price for me, and for everyone, and that he rose again and showed us how to live and to operate

To be brutally honest,you do not KNOW that he paid any price nor that he rose again,no one does,no one alive at the moment KNOWS that...


People believe it,I myself believe it,though I am unsure of myself in a spiritual context.

But belief is different from what is known,what is actually known is that:

If you do as the bible says(however out-dated it may seem),the new testement in particular,you will above all else be happy,you will lead a good life,not because you had food,or water,or money or friends,but you will be happy because you know you tried to be the best person you could be,and had no regrets...

That is the closest we can get to understanding heaven whilst alive.

After that I have no idea...

But anyways,just thought id give my opinion on what the importance of Jesus is(and it is JUST my opinion).

You seem to hint at this near the end with the here and now idea.

Anyway yeah,nice work...

| Posted on 2007-05-16 00:00:00 | by Raphael | [ Reply to This ]

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