DayBreaks for 04/26/11 – The First Question
You shall have no other gods before me. – Exodus 20:3
It seems that many Christians are in to hypothetical questions. One of the most popular might be something along this line: If you were told you would be shot if you don’t deny Christ, what would you do? Would you go ahead and die? We all know precisely how we would like to answer that question – even what our answer should be. But the simple fact of the matter is that we just don’t know for sure what we’d do under those circumstances until, and if, we ever face them. It can get worse, too: what if they weren’t threatening to kill you, but had a gun to the head of your child or spouse? What then?
I don’t know why, but when we are dealing in hypotheticals, we leap to the worst possible case scenario. We don’t have to go that far to learn some things about ourselves and what is really in our hearts. For example, remember the rich young man who came to Jesus claiming he wanted to inherit eternal life, boasting about his having kept the commandments since he was a kid? Jesus told him to go and sell all he had and give it away to the poor and then come follow him. And the young man’s face fell and he walked away sad “because he had great possessions.”
Here’s the scenario/hypothetical: What if Jesus asked you or I to do that? Would we?
Again, from Radical, David Platt suggests we’re chasing down the wrong question again. The FIRST question we need to wrestle with is not whether we’d sell what we own and give it away to follow Jesus, but this one: Is Jesus Lord?
If he is Lord, then no matter what he asks of us, we are duty bound (if we are to be disciples) to do it.
PRAYER: Reveal our false gods to us, those things in our lives that we bow our knees to rather than to your Lordship, Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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