Be Lifted High.

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“In my life, be lifted high.  In our world, be lifted high.  In our love, be lifted high.” – Came To My Rescue by Hillsong United

In my life, be lifted high.It’s so easy to go about our day, making decisions and doing things, completely forgetting about God.  I mean, let’s be real here; He’s not someone we physically see every day.  We can’t touch him.  We can’t physically hear His voice like we’re talking to one of our friends.  So who really cares if we go to the club tonight, dance with a couple girls or mack on a few guys, and get a little bit tipsy?  God isn’t really there anyway.  And who cares if we sneak on our laptop to watch porn while our husband or wife is away at work?  God isn’t really there anyway.  And who cares if we steal money from our parents?  They don’t understand how desperately we need it, and God isn’t really there anyway.  And who cares if we go to church on Sunday and on Monday smoke weed with our buddies, just to get that high because we feel it’s totally alright?  God isn’t really there anyway.

Man, we’ve got it all messed up, my friends.  When we commit to following Jesus, we let it all go…and we don’t turn back.  For the one who turns back loses everything he has just gained; and that’s eternal life.  You see, when we say yes to following Jesus, we say yes to lifting Him up in everything we do.  But it’s much more awesome than that.  There’s something pretty amazing that happens when you commit your life to Christ; those questions that people don’t understand about denying who you are and dying to yourself daily seem to make a lot of sense to you.  Without even thinking about what you’re doing, you start thinking about how you can more radically follow Jesus.  You start to realize that Jesus, in fact, wanted His people to have a radical faith.  Everything that doesn’t make sense to the people who are questioning Jesus makes complete sense to you, and you have such a hard time explaining it all to the people who don’t understand because it’s not something that can be explained; it’s something that has to be lived out, breathed, and felt.  Without even thinking about it, your daily prayer becomes, “Jesus, in my life, be lifted high.”

In our world, be lifted high. – We can sit here and complain about Obama being our President for the next 4 years.  We can sit here and complain about the war that has lasted too long.  We can sit here and argue over what denomination is better.  We can sit here and have sad conversations about where this world is coming to and how we’ve completely forgotten about Jesus.  Or:  we can pray for our President.  We can pray that the United States starts to see peace as the answer and not war.  We can pray that denominational stereotypes will be laid down, and churches will come together as one body unified under Christ.  We can go like God has commanded us to, and spread the gospel to the nations.  Not just in your city, state, or country; but to the NATIONS.  The whole entire world.  That doesn’t mean shoving Jesus down anyone’s throat, because from what I recall, Jesus spread His word, and for those who believed believed, and for those who didn’t He kept right on walking.  He never forced anyone to believe what He said; He still loved them regardless.  But it is our duty as a follower of Jesus to tell someone about Him and what He’s done in our lives.  Guys, it’s not about “saving souls.”  It’s not about adding another check to our “soul has been saved” chart.  It’s about showing people love, forgiveness, mercy, and truth in the King of Kings who died to save the whole world, all out of love for us.  And that might even mean losing our lives for that.  But when you come to the point of truly understanding what it means to follow Jesus, you come to the realization that losing your life for the sake of Jesus Christ is beyond worth it.

In our love, be lifted high. – In Corinthians, Paul speaks a lot about love.  He tells us that we will not get ANYWHERE unless we learn how to love.  I’ve come to learn that there’s a lot of truth in Paul’s words.  Instead of condemning homosexuality and voting against it and giving those people weird looks in restaurants, how about we reach out to them and show them love?  I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure my Jesus loves everyone; skin color, nationality, sexual orientation, it doesn’t matter.  Instead of waging a war against the terrorists of 9/11, what if we would’ve laid down our pride and said, “Yes, we are shaken up by what has happened.  But we, as a nation, have chosen to forgive those involved with the attacks of 9/11.”  Dang…the world would’ve looked at us.  And honestly, they might have seen a glimpse of what Jesus had taught in those words.  I also think those words would’ve been more effective than this war we’re in right now.  By choosing to love a group of people who attacked innocent people and scared a whole entire nation…that, my friends, is what it means to follow Jesus.  In America, I believe we are fans of Jesus.  We love what He talks about and we love His motives behind what He says.  But when it comes to actually living out what He’s saying, we all back away and decide that cheering Him on is good enough for us.  Here’s a newsflash:  Jesus never asked us to sit on the sidelines and cheer for His cause.  Paul wasn’t kidding around when he told us we wouldn’t get anywhere without love.

This isn’t stuff I’ve been living out for my 18 years of life.  This is stuff I’ve just figured out in the past 2 months, and I know that it’s worth sharing with the next person.  When you commit to following Jesus, you come to the understanding that you may lose your friends.  Your family may think you’re crazy and not want anything to do with you.  And you may lose your life.  All of that sounds pretty scary, and for the fan, it is.  But for the follower, there is nothing more in this world he wants than to lay everything down and run straight towards Jesus; Never.  Looking.  Back.

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