Weekly Winter Word 23

Apr 4, 2013

Friends or Sell-outs?

Highlighted SFC Value:  B.R.I.D.G.E.

“Believing” – Our faith is grounded in biblical truth. We, as the body of Christ, pursue a lifestyle of prayer and worship. Psalm 119:105

Applicable SFC Brah-verb:   Brahverb #15

“Should I send it?” “I don’t know, the season total is less than a foot. I wouldn’t.” Make sure there’s a decent base before you drop it. Like early season snow, if our faith is shallow, we run the risk of being thrashed by spiritual rocks and stumps. Pray and study the Word to shore up your “spiritual base.”

 STORY:

As an older retired guy, I’ve been fascinated by the concept of “like-ing” and “friend-ing” in the growing social media culture. It’s really fun to see new followers of our ministry’s Facebook and website.

The interesting part is that I don’t even really know some of these people who are liking our posts or becoming our “friends”, but I’m happy to have these new mystery friends, because it means they are being exposed to the messages we post.

Sometimes I “friend” someone because one of their posts really interests me or I find the resources useful. But sometimes that “friending” results in an avalanche of emails, texts and other notifications that I never really wanted.

So are we really friends? Is that really what friendship means in our culture today? A bunch of junk mail? Enough already! I really just wanted these “friendships” to be one-way so I could pick and choose what parts of this “friendship” that I wanted.

I think lots of people treat Jesus like they treat Facebook “friends”. We’re interested in Him if it’s entertaining for us or if He can “do something” for us.

I find myself talking to lots of people about God and His Son, and I’m still amazed at the popular response, “Well, he was a good teacher”. Or even, “Yeah, I’ve heard of him, and he’s pretty cool I guess…”

We can’t be satisfied with just “FRIENDING” Jesus in the casual, non-committed way we are friends on Facebook, keeping “connected” with random acquaintances from a distance. Or the way we are only friends with our favorite restaurant so that we can get discounts. Even the term “follow” has become skewed, as people now “follow” Jesus like they would news feeds or the daily snow reports.

The Bible defines a relationship with Jesus in a drastically more serious tone. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life – no man comes to the Father, but by me.” Jesus says, “Follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men!” Jesus was talking about a committed, sold-out dedication to Him, not a shallow, at-a-distance Facebook kind of following.

 Application for SHRED LIFE:

Jesus wants more than a friendship with us – He wants all of us! Jesus is calling you and me to be His followers – His sold-out disciples! Instead of hearing us agree, “Ok, I’ll add him as a friend,” He wants to hear us say, “I love You, Jesus, with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind!” He wants us to sell-out to him and abandon our old sinful lifestyles.

 Look up these scriptures: John 14:6, Luke 9:23

ASK: How does Jesus “up the ante” in the Luke 9:23 passage? How does this level of “selling out” to Jesus challenge us?

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