I’ve actually been meaning to post this for quite some time now, but I’ve been reminded of it again and am finally getting around to it. I have in my 20-year-old NIV Study Bible on page 1599 a 3″x4″ Post-it Note affixed overtop of the notes on the bottom of the page. It contains three bullet-points referring to a text on that page, with a few brief notes about each one. The note represents advice at-the-ready that I could share with a group for anywhere from 5 minutes perhaps up to full sermon length. It always seemed a good idea to have something at the ready, and it is a bit of advice that I shared with leaders and leaders-in-training and people in ministry training or prophetic ministry. And now here it is on the blog. I say there are three lessons, but really it’s a single lesson in three points, designed to remind us who we are and put us in our place.
Isn’t it about time we stopped making the Gospel about us? Go on and sing your Matt Redman songs, we know you don’t really mean it — otherwise Jesus wouldn’t be your personal Lord and saviour. “Personal Lord?” Are you serious? Yes, it’s an oxymoron. Big one. I think sometimes we elevate God to say that he is everything only because of what he did or does for us. Our worship proclaims him great because of the benefits we derive… not simply because he is great. Why do we need proofs rooted in our personal benefit? Sayings like, “If you were the only sinner on earth, Christ would have died for you.” Uh, doesn’t that make it all about you?