The new iPhone5 will be coming out shortly. Retailers are expecting long lines for people waiting for this latest gadget. It always amazes me that people will trade in something they bought a year or two ago just to get the newest thing. I still don’t have a smart phone. The one I’ve got suits my needs and still works fine. Why pay $200.00 for something if I don’t have to?
It’s really too bad people don’t get this excited over Jesus. Imagine instead of people waiting in line for an iPhone5, they waited in line for their church to open on Sunday. What type of a message would that say to nonbelievers?
People used to come from miles around to be baptized by John the Baptist. Yet the most important person he baptized was Jesus. Matthew 3:13 reads, Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. Can you imagine the excitement John must have felt when the Messiah showed up? We need to have that excitement inside us.
God wants us to be so excited about him that we are willing to sleep on a sidewalk to hear His word. In some foreign countries, people will walk for days to hear someone preach the gospel. In the United States, we’re spoiled. We show up in time to get our coffee just before the service starts.
Unfortunately most people would rather get the latest electronics than to hear about Jesus. Yet Jesus is the only way to live a fulfilled life. Having the latest cell phone might make you happy for a week or two but once the luster wears off, so does your satisfaction with it. Also, how many times have we heard the trouble they have with these new gadgets? Why would anyone want to buy one brand new? Why not wait until the kinks get worked out?
The good news is there are no kinks when it comes to Jesus. He was and still is perfect. He can fill you with peace that no App can. And a more updated version will not come out next year.
The last time I slept outside waiting for something was a rock concert. That was thirty years ago. I’m not sure there’s a lot today that gets me excited enough to spend time waiting. I’d like to think that if I had to, I’d walk for days to hear a sermon on Jesus. Lucky for me, I don’t have to.
What is it that you get real excited about? Is there anything that would make you sleep outside on the cold, hard cement?