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?
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