Bring the Cross Down

24 05 2011

One of the joys in my life is taking my son Micah to school everyday. His school just happens to be at First Baptist, which is our church and also where I work. Without fail, he will say something that makes me laugh. We used to sing our ABC’s or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star…which is the same tune by the way. (Did you just sing each of them to yourself?)

Sometimes, as we pull up to the church, he’ll say, “Look, Daddy. It’s God’s house!” He’s always excited about going to church. One day, maybe two weeks ago, he noticed something, I assume, for the first time. As we were walking in the back door, he pointed up to the sky and asked, “What’s that?”

I told him, “It’s a steeple.”

He said, “What’s a steeple?”

“It’s the part of the church that reaches up to the sky. Most of the time it has a cross on the top. It helps people know where the church is.

“Well, maybe if they bring it down to the ground, we could see it better.”

I chuckled a little bit and said something like, “I guess you’re right buddy.” But as I’ve thought about it, that statement was really profound. Is that not the task with which Christians are charged? – to take that cross and present it to people in a way so they can see it a little more clearly.

I’ve often prayed, “Lord, give me clarity. I want to know you, not just know about you. I want to hear you, to see you, to feel you. Sometimes, I think that I just need to sit and listen as you share your heart with me. Far too many times I feel compelled to share my heart with you. Lord, teach me to listen. Help me to hear and recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd.”

As God reveals, may we respond with an uncalculated, all-of-life response to who He is and what He has done. Paul gives us a great word on the appropriate response to such an amazing God. In Romans 12:1 he tells us to…

…”offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, afterall, this is your spiritual act of worship.” (I think a more accurate rendering of the Greek word translated here as ‘afterall’ would be ‘duh!’)

The more my body becomes a “living sacrifice,” the more my life will look like Jesus. And when I submit my life to being shaped into the likeness of Christ, I am taking the cross and helping others see it a little more clearly.

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