( The use of the lowercase j in the word Jesus is intentional. No disrespect is intended, it is for illustrative purposes only)
I was challenged yesterday to look at my spiritual life with a critical eye to ascertain whether or not I had a growing and vibrant exchange with Jesus or something less.
The common perceptions of people I have talked to is of a more abstract Jesus rather than a living and active one. The belief in Jesus seems, by many, to be limited to an idea that he was perhaps a great teacher or even a mythological figure used for teaching. Then there are those who say he was just a man and “the church” made up all this stuff about him.
By and by the reality of Jesus seems to be diminishing even among the church attending. This diminished perception has, I think, become a place where many of us have become all too familiar with Jesus. We wear our jesus laden crosses and our jesus theme-wear, we use our jesus slogans and bumper stickers our “wwjd” bracelets and assorted paraphernalia letting the people in our sphere of influence know that we are down with Jesus.
Sadly it doesn’t stop with the marketing and retail community we in the church have given less and less to Jesus… less time, less talent, less money and less acknowledgement that He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lord’s, Alpha and Omega, Creator of Heaven and Earth.
It is easy to slip from the awestruck, “face in the dirt” overwhelming sense of gratitude loving of Jesus, to the ho-hum, read my bible today, ” honk if you love Jesus” , familiar jesus. The feelings and emotions we experience at different times often act as a barometer of how we feel about our spirituality and unfortunately how we treat our Jesus.
Has Jesus become too familiar to you?
If so what if anything can you/ or will you do to change that.