DayBreaks for 3/17/14 – Junior Jesus
From my minister friend, Barney Cargile: “A block from our church building lies Montgomery Village, a huge open-air shopping center. In an effort to draw in shoppers, the center provides free concerts on Saturdays during summer months. Mostly these concerts consist of “knock-offs” of famous bands, such as The Beatles, Santana and the Pointer Sisters (called “The Poyntless Sisters”…seriously).
“Recently I was at The Village and noted that the weekly concert featured ‘The Rolling S’ Tones’. Their tag-line reads,’The unauthorized version of the Rolling Stones’ (which is code for: ‘The Rolling Stones don’t have a clue we even exist’). Since I grew up in the hey-day of the Stones and like their music, I decided to check it out. As I rounded the corner and the band came in view, I froze in my tracks. There before me on stage stood lead singer Mick Jagger! No, not really…but he could’ve been his twin. This guy looked just like Mick Jagger: his face, his hair, his clothes, his moves. He’d even had collagen pumped in his lips to appear more ‘Jagger-like’. (I feel certain of that because no one else on the planet could have been born with lips that look identical to Jagger’s!) As I stood there gaping, it occurred to me, that this dude’s entire identity was wrapped up in trying to imitate someone else.
“Then the reality dawned on me. Isn’t that our calling as disciples of Jesus? The word ‘disciple’ carries with it much more than just a ‘follower’; it’s an imitator. Young Jewish disciples, attempting to imitate their rabbi, would copy his speech, mannerisms, even his style of walking. When we come to Christ, we’re given a new identity (II Cor.5:17). In Galatians 2:20 Paul exclaims, I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. That’s amazing! I surrender my identity and lose my sense of ‘self’ in him. He now defines who I am. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God (Col.3:3). He takes over my body, my mind, my emotions, my spirit. I become a walking, talking, moving, breathing ‘Junior Jesus’.
“My encounter with the ‘twin Mick Jagger’ taught me something. The entirety of my life consists of one simple purpose: to lose my identity in Jesus; for me to decrease and allow Jesus to live his life through me.
PRAYER: Jesus, teach me to walk like You walked and live as You lived! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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