Thursday, January 31, 2019

FOLLOW: What is in it for ME?

Every change that we experience in life whether in our families, church, community, or workplace we first ask, "How will this change impact/effect me?" If it makes us uncomfortable or we don't sense the need we typically will resist the change. 

This week we are continuing to read Jesus' inaugural sermon to his hometown people of Nazareth.

A little recap... Jesus said that the Spirit has anointed him to preach good news to the poor, release to the captives, sight to the blind, and for the oppressed to go free. 

This week we will hear the response of the people of Nazareth. I'd imagine the Nazareth people were excited that one of their own had come home to do some amazing things. And they couldn't wait for Jesus to get to work in Nazareth. They asked the question we all ask, "What is in it for ME/US?" "How might Jesus serve OUR needs?"

Jesus burst their bubble (I tell you the truth). He didn't come for Nazareth. He came for the world. He didn't come to self-soothe or to meet our personal needs so that we might be comfortable. 

He came with a larger vision than just our lives. 

Personally, I have witnessed this over and over again. We will make a change in the worship service. Then someone will come to me and say, "I don't like it... and no one else does either." Yet we don't think from the perspective of how a change might "benefit someone else." We just think in terms of ourselves. 

The invitation to follow Jesus is an invitation to ask a different question. It isn't the question, "What is in it for ME?" But more so how might the community, future generations, the world benefit from God's vision? That is the question we should start with...