DayBreaks for 4/14/20: Dead Mummies or Living Disciples?
NOTE: The Hallway Through the Sea will return as more become available.
I’ve always been fascinated by mummies. Having just come out of the time when we remember the Resurrection of Christ Jesus, it seems a bit of a timely topic though the stories of mummies coming alive are pure fantasy.
There is a parallel here, though. The sad truth is that many of us are like mummies – all wrapped up tightly in ourselves and we’re content that way. We don’t want to be unwrapped. In fact, we can come unwound at the thought of coming out of our safe tomb or stepping out in faith. But Jesus calls all believers out of the tomb, sets us free and calls us to move beyond ourselves into a life of faith, commitment, obedience and service.
On the old Merv Griffin Show, Merv was interviewing some body builders. As he was looking at the guys with all these muscles, he asked a powerful question: “What do you use these muscles for?”
One guy answered by flexing his muscles in one of those body builder stances. But Merv said, “No, you don’t understand. What do you USE all those muscles for?” The guy said, “I’ll show you.” And he flexed again in another stance.
Again Merv said, “No. You still don’t understand my question. Read my lips. What do you USE them FOR?” The guy posed again.
We’ve come out of Holy Week and are hopefully filled with excitement and joy and hope. That’s good, but what will we do with that excitement and energy? Jesus has called us out of the tomb, set us free and commands us to move beyond ourselves into a life of faith, commitment, obedience and service. When we just come to Church and sometimes read our Bibles and just enjoy the fellowship but nothing else, then we’re like those body building guests or like mummies, still wrapped up in ourselves. And there’s no life there.
What will you do to carry the blessings of Holy Week out to others, even in this time of lock-down?
PRAYER: Jesus, open our eyes to see opportunities around us even as we are sheltering in place and give us your wisdom to know how best to carry the message of hope and service and love to others at this time! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2020, Galen C. Dalrymple.