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A baby changes everything – A Message from Dr. Tim

Sandra and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this week ).

When we got married at St. Margaret’s Uniting Church at Hackett on 17th December 1988. It was our own personal bi-centennial celebration.

I was 26 years old when we got married and Sandra was 23. We were right on the national average at the time.

When I got married I had been living away from home for 9 years. I had lived in a wide variety of accommodation from boarding houses to share houses; from flats to Uni accommodation. I had learnt to be self-sufficient and could survive pretty well ‘baching it’! I had travelled across the country several times by myself…through heat waves, floods and cyclones.

I was independent – but at times missed the close family relationship that I had grown up with.

Then I came to Canberra to study at ANU in 1987– but ended up joining YWAM Canberra instead.

It was there on my first day at the YWAM base (at Watson) that I met Sandra. Little did on know that 19 months and 12 days later we would be married. It was not love at first site…but something that grew out of a shared friendship…and a sense of God’s calling.

It was only when we were engaged did my plans have to stop be so self-focused and start including someone else…this of course was only the beginning of the revelation…Sandra is a very different person, so many of the things I would do had to be compromised so that we could enjoy things together. Not that it was all bad – after being a single…being married had a lot of advantages – not the least having someone who would look after you and mother you…

But that was a short lived period of our lives because we decided to start a family shortly after we were married…

When it came to our first child we were novices…I would say that most parents would agree that its often easier with subsequent children – because you are more relaxed and know (mostly) what to expect. We asked a lot of questions and got advice from a lot of people…we went to the ante-natal classes at Royal Hobart and learnt to breathe…we were all geared up with music…packed bags…and then we waited…

When Jordan finally arrived was about 10 days overdue…things changed. Everything about what we considered normal was turned upside down. Sleep deprivation, once a choice, now was a normal part of life. Our conversation changed; our food choices changed; frankly the arrival of a baby into our family changed everything…and when each of our (5) children arrived it was the same to greater or lesser degrees.

Sandra had someone who was more reliant on her than I was…where I had been at the centre of the universe – now I was pushed out by our baby who required more attention – and was forced to fend for myself again and care for Sandra and Jordan… I learnt very quickly that a baby changes everything.0

This week I discovered a song by Faith Hill on YouTube called ‘A baby changes everything’. Follow the link and have a look.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y0_wNPSOaw

It’s a song that sets Mary’s predicament against film clips from the life of Jesus.

Today we focus in on Mary  – who is betrothed to Joseph…a teenage girl…set for a arranged marriage. We read her song of praise (Luke 1: 46-55) her ‘Magnificat’ – as she, under the power of the Spirit, gave her praise to God for the changes that were happening to her and the consequences of God intervention into human history.

This is pre-incarnation stuff…

Gabriel goes to Mary and breaks the news – but what was her response…?

  • Not – you ask too much – I can’t do it – it will cost too much – it doesn’t make sense…
  • In humility she accepts God’s will…she says…here I am Lord…let it be as you say…let it be according to you word…(1 v38)

In that moment she weighs up the consequences of saying ‘yes’ to God – the changes to her dreams, hopes and plans. She realises the stigma attached to being pregnant out of married…she knows the rejection…from her family, her community and most likely Joseph.

In saying yes to God’s will – her life would never be the same again. A baby changes everything!

But unlike our children who come into our world and force us to make sweeping changes…this baby was God incarnate (in-flesh). Can you imagine the responsibility of carrying the child who would be the saviour of the world?

In those first few months of her pregnancy Mary is sent away to assist her elderly relative Elizabeth who is going to have a miraculous baby too – (Jon the Baptist)…there she stays until John ‘s birth and returns home…

Whether it was widely known that she was pregnant before she went away – when she came back there was no denying it, it was obvious for all to see.  This baby was changing everything…but despite the rejection of her community, deep down she knew God’s purpose. She had heard and accepted God’s word for her and that was what she needed to sustain her through her difficulties.

How those 9 months must have dragged on…but her faith and trust God that God would keep his word…sustained her. Deep down she meditated on what the angel had said…she knew that this child would be the one through whom God’s mercy and salvation would be provided.

As we reflect on this well-known story, I am challenged by Mary’s humility and commitment. We are all called by God to accept the gift of the son of God…but with this gift comes consequences – changes, the stigma of be different to others, the possibility of rejection by family and friends. Saying yes to the love and mercy of God – has costs attached and some people are not willing to pay the price.

The arrival of the baby Jesus as God incarnate into our world changed everything for all time. No one can be a disciple without first having weighed up the life changing consequences. He is God’s saving gift…But many of us let this gift sit in the corner of the room without unwrapping it.

Marys’ response was YES to God…I am not worthy – but I am willing – her song of praise is a statement of faith that echoes the statement of the character of God and God’s plan of salvation from the Old Testament.  God calls us all to accept the gift of the Christ child, the baby who would change the world. In humility and faith, is your response an unequivocal ‘yes’… … something to ponder this Christmas!

God bless.

Dr. Tim.

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A little bit goes a long way! (A message from Dr Tim)

It’s amazing how far a little bit of kindness will go – when God takes control of our lives. It’s amazing how people can set things into motion in our lives – and start a movement. Like Free hugs – (altho9ugh you’ve got to wonder about free hugs). Not being a very touchy feely person – free hugs mean little to me….but there are times when we just need a bit of support.

Then there are random acts of kindness…I remember when I got my Master’s degree,  I travelled to Sydney Uni – got caught in a traffic jam and then had to find parking – then did not have coins for a parking meter.

Seeing my frustration – a man came over and put money in the meter for me – so that I could race to pick up my gown…I never met that man before or later…it was totally random – but I appreciated it. I went away that day wanting to help someone else.

It’s amazing how small amounts of good can change a person’s whole perspective on life. But then I thought about it – random acts are good – but it shouldn’t just be the exception – it’s meant to be a lifestyle.

Now sometimes it is hard to see the needs of others because we are so caught up with our own struggles. When things are not going well – when you seem like you are locked in with no way out…there is always something that you can change. Yourself!  Your attitude – your outlook – your expectation – your approach.

We can get ourselves locked into ways of doing things where we think that there is no way out.Sometimes the mess we get ourselves in is of our own doing – but sometimes it is out of our hands…at times like that it is easy to begin to grumble about the ways things are – and say how unfair it is.

A bit like Habakkuk’s (Chapter 1:1-4) complaint…how long must I be stuck in this situation…how long do I have to live with the injustice…

This strikes a chord with me – Aussies are motivated by justice – we desire a fair go…that everyone should get an equal chance…and when things are not fair – especially when they affect us directly we can react. We often look to blame our problems on others or on circumstances – or even God…because God is in control – then why does he allow these things to happen to me.

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do the innocent suffer – when those who are not doing the right thing seem to get away with it? It makes it tempting to step off the right track…

CS Lewis said the problem of pain was the atheists most potent weapon against Christianity – either God is powerless to do something about it or is not the God of love who is concerned about our pain. Many people think this is a philosophical question – but in reality it is a faith question.

If we accept by faith that there is a problem of sin in the world and that all of us come under the influence of sin (Rom 3:23)…then we understand why Jesus needed to come into the world to reconcile us to God and restore the order that had been lost.

Until the time when everything will be made good – we live in a world that suffers from the consequences of our fallen nature…

The second thing – is that no matter what we are experiencing, when we trust that God is in control we believe that God will bring about his ultimately good purposes and use the difficulties for good – maybe not my good in the short term – but for the good of promoting the good news and bringing others into a relationship with him.

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Habakkuk 2:4 says the righteous person will live by faith. Regardless of the situation they are experiencing, they will put their trust in God, even when things are looking bad (chapter 3), because they know that regardless of what they may be feeling at this time – God had proven himself to be trustworthy and faithful and can be relied on to fulfil is promises and purposes.

Some of us have experienced that. For others, we are in difficult positions and it is hard to see. But the encouragement for us is to remember that, no matter how painful the circumstances we are experiencing, God is loving; God is compassionate; God is kind; God is faithful and will carry you through. All we need to do is put your trust in his unfailing love.

That’s something we can do, pray and trust, and when we do we will begin to get a different perspective on the situations that we are going through.

God bless,

Dr. Tim

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Operation Christmas Child

It’s that time! (Only 2 weeks left!!) The Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are now being collected for distribution to underprivileged kids in nations in the South East Asia/Pacific Region.

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Each year we collect dozens of boxes and send them off through Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child program. They become a small part of million of similar gift boxes that make an incredible difference in lives of children across the world.

Check out this link to get the picture.

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We have only two weeks to get our boxes in. We will be dedicating them at church on 3rd November.

We still have boxes at the office for your use (50c donation).

If you have any questions about what goes in the box – just go to the Operation Christmas Child web site at www.operationchristmaschild.org.au  or ask Kimberly or Robert Francis at WCUC.

Please make the effort to fill a box and make a difference in the life of a child!

 

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God’s Foreign Policy (A message from Dr Tim)

From the very beginning of the Bible God’s people were blessed to be a blessing to others.  God’s covenant with Abraham (Gen 12) clearly shows that the Israelites were to be a blessing to all nations as bearers of God’s saving message.

. The trouble was, the people wanted the blessing of being God’s chosen people without any of the responsibilities. So they constantly paid little more than lip service to their God. a regular cyclethat included invasion, defeat, exile and captivity before the people called out to God for help…and so it was in the time of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah lived about 600 years before the time of Christ and was commissioned as a prophet during the era of the godly King Josiah. Sadly, after Josiah’s death in battle against the Egyptians, what started out as a happy alliance quickly turned into imprisonment and doom under the rapid succession of Josiah’s successors – all vassal kings, firstly to the Egyptians and then to the Babylonians.

It was in this time of Nebuchadnezzar that Babylon ruled the region unchallenged for about 70 years. This was the period of Daniel and his friends who were taken as captives to Babylon.

Taken as captives to Babylon, the Israelites began to long for home and a better time. Their priests and prophets wanted to keep their hopes up, that they would be returning to the old ways soon – but God had other plans. Jeremiah writes them a letter and tells them to settle down and get used to their circumstances – to make friends with their neighbours – to seek the welfare of the city they are living in – to make it a better place – and by blessing it then they would be blessed. He said – stop thinking about yourself and remember the covenant.

Certainly a message that has relevance for the church in Australia in the 21st century.

Now, let’s fast forward about 600 years, to the time of Christ (Luke 17)  – and the remnant of Judah live in Jerusalem, Judea and Galilee and are known as the Jews. They are the pure bloods; the ones who can trace their ancestry back – who have stayed true to their understanding of the Hebrew texts

But just up the road are the non-pure bloods. The remnant of the other tribes of Israel that created their own religion when they moved away from God…they are mixed race group –the Samaritans.  The Jews despised the Samaritans almost more than the gentiles and to consider any of them good was beyond belief.  I wonder how many of Jesus followers really took his parable about the good Samaritan to heart…to many it would have been little more than a fairy tale. However, the story of the ten lepers highlights that a good Samaritan was myth…in fact this Samaritan easily showed up the Jews when it came to faith and gratitude towards God.

Luke’s gospel is one that highlights God’s foreign policy. Aimed at a Gentile audience, it highlights several key non-Jews as recognising Jesus as the Messiah and who Jesus recognises as having faith. So it is with the Samaritan, whose actions and sincerity are acknowledged as faith, while the nine Jewish companions are shown to be cleansed on the outside, but inside, their lack of thankfulness highlights their ingratitude, which in reality is a greater disease than leprosy – which is only a disease of the skin, not the heart!

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•             The 9 Jews were clean on the outside, but had not received cleansing on the inside. They had missed the point.

•             The foreigner was included in God’s blessing and he understood. While they ran home, he stopped because he had no home…even healed he was still and outcast with nowhere to go and no one to celebrate with. So, in that moment of recognition, he does the right thing and returns to Jesus.

•             The 9 Jews saw Jesus as a healer who could help them with their immediate problem, while Samaritan saw Jesus as the answer to all of his problems.

•             The 9 Jews saw Jesus as useful for them to get back their old way of life, while the Samaritan saw Jesus as the ultimate answer to his life’s questions.

•             The 9 sought the blessing of a priest, while the Samaritan gave thanks to God and received God’s blessing.

 

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Like Jeremiah’s message to those in exile – the exiled Samaritan saw things differently. He saw things clearly. He saw Jesus for who he is. He had seen God’s perspective and had left a changed man… still a foreigner,, still alienated from the Jews…but now he was a citizen of God’s kingdom, with a story to tell. On the other hand, the Jews had returned to their lives, overjoyed that they were no longer outcasts – but missing the point.

Be careful not to miss the point!

We are blessed through our encounter with Jesus– but we are meant to pass on the blessing to others and not just those who look and sound like us.

Sadly, many people give lip service to God.

We may come to worship and pray each Sunday, but do not let that impact the rest of the week. We seek the blessing of God, but do not allow Jesus to change us inside. This is why many of us struggle with inconsistency between our walk and our talk.

How are we to make a difference in the community if we do not find ways to bless it? Where are the places in our community where we can make a difference? If our attitude is gratitude for God’s gift and generosity in passing it on, then there will be a consistency with our walk and our talk.

But what happens when God’s people are silent? God will not go without a witness. He will raise up others like the Samaritan who get it and gladly take the message where it belongs – away from the holy huddles and to all peoples, everywhere – that’s God’s foreign policy. We are blessed to be a blessing – we cannot keep it to ourselves, it goes against the purpose of the church.

 

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Fan the flame (a message from Dr Tim)

’I wish I had greater faith’.

Ever thought that – or uttered those words?

You are not the first person to say that – and that was something of the sentiment of the disciples when they were faced with problems (as we read about them in the bible, especially in Luke 17: 5-10). The trouble with a wish, is that it something we hope for, without any assurance that the hope will be realised. While a prayer, is something we ask God for with the assurance from Jesus that when we ask in Jesus name and in line with the will of God we will get what we ask for.

We believe that God answers prayer – just sometimes the answer is yes; sometimes no; and sometimes not now!

I have often heard people pray – God make me a better person – rather than – God I choose to be a better person but I need your help – please help me change my thoughts, my actions – my heart – so when I am tempted to do the wrong thing – I will choose to follow in your ways.

So what did the disciples ask for Luke 17?…’greater faith!’

How do you get greater faith? Like other character areas that need developing…faith comes through use. God pushes and stretches us so that our faith grows. Jesus wanted to stress how a little bit of faith goes a long way, when used properly. He said, if you have a tiny bit of faith you can say to a mulberry tree, be uprooted and thrown into the sea. To the disciples that sounded like an impossibility – and it was from a natural way of viewing it. But through the lens of faith – all things become possible.

However, such a small bit of faith emphasises that it is not the size of your faith that is the problem – it is our ability to recognise the size of our God. It’s a matter of perspective!!

Recently I was in Goulburn during the Lilac city festival. At the market day, I came across a stall selling coins. Some were packaged up with prices, and were quite valuable. However, the man also had a box full of loose coins. As I rummaged through the coins from various countries, I saw an old Australian 1912 penny.  It struck me because it was over 100 years old.

 

I asked the man, “how much for the coin?” His reply was “Is it significant to you?”  I thought this might put up the price, so I said, “Not really, I just think that it is amazing that it is over 100 years old!” To that, he said “You can have it then – take it, it free. “  I was amazed. But he said “I just like watching people go through the coins and discover something special”. I thanked him and walked away with a new precious possession – one that had cost me nothing – but something that was beginning to gain in value to me, the more I focused on the gift.

Now, if I would have just put it in my bag and then thrown it in a drawer when I got home, it would have not gained any value – it would have lost its significance and become devalued. However, I started to think about the monarch George V, and found out about his reign from 1910-1932. He was the second son of Edward VII, who was King during World War 1 and was one of few monarchs to survive the wars and revolutions of the turn of the 20th century.

I also remembered that 1912 was famous for the Titanic.

It was the year that the Australian coat of arms was given royal ascent and the wattle became our official flower. It was the year my great grandparents James and Florence were married and set out for Australia from England. The more I looked at the coin, the more significant it became. It was a matter of perspective.

It’s a plain coin – not worth anything anymore. No longer currency – but it is a gift that has now been invested in some significance and I intend to give it a new lease life.

It reminds me of the gift that God has given to us all. Like the coin, the gift that God gives us can become devalued due to non-use. When Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy chapter 1, he was concerned that Timothy was allowing his ‘gift’ to be devalued. He reminded Timothy of the resources that God gives us when we receive the gift, resources of God’s power, love and the ability to be disciplined to live out our faith in our daily lives.

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Like the disciples of Jesus – Timothy had a duty to perform – he knew that he needed to be obedient to his calling but his character flaws and his circumstances had gotten in the way.

How many times have you felt paralysed when you know you have a responsibility to share your testimony – your story of faith – through actions or words? Most of us find ourselves relating to Timothy on occasions.

At times like that we wish we had more faith!

But, how about exercising the little bit you have. It could do with a little more exercise. God never commissions a person to a task without imparting a special gift appropriate to that task. The trouble is the gift is given – but it needs developing – it needs to be exercise…we are told to fan the flame..if not, indifference or fear can cause it to burn low…and cause us to become overwhelmed by the size of the problems we face.

God’s Spirit gives us power and strength to deal with our fears each day, so that we can fulfil God’s purpose for our lives. But, we need to do something about it. We need to exercise our faith and fan the flame…

 

 

 

 

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Sunday 13 October

Biggest CRAFT SHOW ever!

The 2013 Craft show is on track to be the biggest ever with a record number of exhibitors already entered and some more to come! However help is needed to fill the duty roster. The Roster Sheet is posted on the Notice Board at the rear of the Auditorium, please see where you can help.

 

Advertising is also very important!  Pamphlets are ready for letter box drops; please remember to mark the streets to which you will be delivering on the map.

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Lost and Found – A message from Dr Tim

My son, Jordan, is studying creative writing at Uni at the moment, and from time to time I look at some of his text books to see how a particualr genre is described. Presently, he is doing a contemplative essay, where you develop a metaphor from everyday life, reflect upon it and draw out its meaning. In the process of having an ‘ah ha’ moment the writer poses a question to reader that invites them to journey with along the meandering path of their thoughts. In this self-revealing process, the writers revelations become the catalyst for others to engage in similar reflections.

This contemplative process is very similar to how the gospels describe Jesus talking in parables…In Luke 15 Jesus told three parables about lost things; a lost sheep; a lost coin and a lost son. This trilogy of lostness reminds us about the character of God who is like:

1. The shepherd who leaves his 99 sheep safely in the fold for the night to go and find the one that was lost.

2. The woman who loses one of her precious wedding coins (like losing your wedding ring) and turns the house upside down and does not give up until the precious items is recovered.

3. A father who patiently waits for his rebellious son to return home after wastefully spending his inheritance in a foreign land.

Now, there is much more that could be said about these parables, especially the forgiving response of the father who keeps a lookout for his son’s return and runs to greet him and restore him – even though he didn’t deserve it; or the embittered response of his brother…But the point is that each of these stories talks about our relationship with God and God’s response to our lostness.

The other day I was watching the droplets of water run down a pane of glass after a shower of rain and I noticed how each droplet would stick to the glass for a time and then at random moments the effects of gravity would take control sending the droplet on a downward but random path towards the pool of water at the bottom of the pane. This started me thinking and I remembered a similar sense of randomness, yet control, that I experienced one night in November 2001, watching the effects of the Leonid meteor shower in the early morning sky on a farm just out of Werris Creek in NSW.

You may remember that night, where hundreds even thousands of ‘shooting stars’ blazed across the sky in the early hours on the morning. I was staying that night on a farm and got the children up, wrapped them in blankets and went outside in the total blackness and lay on the ground and just looked at the sky. For about three hours I watched and counted several hundred meteor trails streaking across the starlit sky, not wanting to turn away in case I missed something that I might never see again. There was no regular sequence to the events, just a random flow that sometimes was a trickle and others a torrent of light. However, the speed that it occurred impressed upon me that I was laying on a very large rock that hurtling through space at incredible speeds. How we didn’t just get flung off can be explained by science, but reminded me that there were much bigger things going on than I could fully understand or took notice of in my day to day existence.

The sense that God was in control even though things seemed to occur randomly was a revelation in that moment that I will always remember. Even when things seem out of control, even when I feel lost or overwhelmed, I have found that God searches me out, rescues me, forgives and restores me. When I am feeling abandoned or powerless, I have found that it is not God who is lost,; God’s always there and desires for me to open my eyes, ears and heart to  what he is doing and saying.

The sense of being out of control is something that we all experience in life because many things that happen to us on a daily basis have an element of randomness about them. In times like these we often focus on what we have lost, rather than what we have found. When we do this, our conversations can get very negative. However, when we remember the character of God; the ‘good news’ of the coming of Jesus Christ and God’s purpose for his people to particpate in sharing this ‘good news’, our conversations and reflections are drawn towards a more positive and hopeful future.

What are you reflecting upon today? Are you focused on what you have lost, or what on you have found? God continues to go out of his way to draw you back to the fold, restore you and give you hope and an inheritance that was always meant to be yours. In Jeremiah 29:13 God says, ‘you will seek me and find me, when you seek me with your whole heart’ (NIV).

Are you looking? Are you seeking ? I hope that in the process of looking and reflecting you too will have an ‘ah ha’ moment.

God bless.

 

 

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Murrumbateman Mission

On Sunday 15th September 5 members of the Weston Creek Uniting Church travelled to Murrumbateman to run a service for the Murrumbateman Uniting Church. Murrumbateman UC is a small community church set in beautiful surroundings on the Yass Hwy, in the middle of Murrumbateman. As they are small, they not have a regular minister, so they often invite people from outside thier community to lead their services. One of their young people (Matthias) is a regular member of the Chain Reaction  group that is run out of Weston Creek UC, he organised for  Dr Tim to come and preach and Tim decided that it would be good if others from WCUC came too.

The small team  ( Margaret, Charles, David & Jason) led music, prayers and readings, while Tim preached and talked to the children. Overall it was a great morning and encouragement to all. We look forward to future connections with the church at Murrumbateman and other opportunities where we can support other congregations who may be struggling. Thanks Matthias for inviting us!

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Fan or Follower (A Message from Dr Tim)

Fan or Follower  ( Some thoughts on Luke 14: 25-33)

At a time of the year when various football codes explode into finals, we get a glimpse at the fan behaviour that has been part of our human society for thousands of years. Across the centuries people have come out to  cheer on conquering heroes: kings & queens; elected officials; actors & musicians; sporting stars and the like. It says something about who we are, that we get caught up in the emotion of the moment and are drawn along to cheer or just to look. Sometimes that fan behaviour leads to misbehaviour, but sometimes it encourages us to rise above the ordinary and to do something special. The problem with fan behaviour is that you can look on from a distance and not be significantly changed by the experience.

Jesus knew all about the whims of those who followed him. In an era before mass communication, the word was passed around that a new type of teacher was out in the hills. People had been amazed that he didn’t talk like the other Rabbis (religious teachers) – he spoke with authority and he backed it up with miracles! What a show!! Before computer animation and photoshop, Jesus was doing the miracles without sleight of hand, he was doing it with the power of God – and his was the biggest attraction around. Little wonder thousands of people came out from their towns and villages to hear him, see him and touch him.

For two years Jesus was the most popular figure around Judea and Galilee. But then people wanted him to be more than who he was. They wanted him to be the conquering hero, riding on the white horse, leading the people in revolt against the Roman overlords. But Jesus would have nothing of it. It wasn’t God’s reason for entering into the world. Sure he was the Messiah, but not the type of Messiah that the people expected. So when Jesus challenged them about their sincerity and their commitment to follow him, the people fell away. The fan base diminished in his final year of ministry and those who were left were his true followers.

Jesus said  (verses 26-7) if anyone is to follow me they must hate father, mother, brother, sister, family…even their whole life…they must take up their cross and give it their all. Now, that’s a pretty hard word. No wonder he fell out of favour with his fans. The image of carrying a cross to your own crucifixion was something very familiar to the Jews. They had seen thousands of their countrymen die that way at the hands of the Romans. Crucifixion was a ruthless and bloodthirsty method of capital punishment designed by the Romans to make a public statement to the local population across the Roman Empire. Jesus used this image that was well known to describe the sort of commitment it takes to be more than a fan – to be a true follower of God.

God requires us to give it all up, to die to ourselves – but the reward is life. This life is  a hope for eternal life for the future, that empowers us with new life and purpose for the present. Being a follower of Christ is not meant to be easy. Those who think that it is easy will be disappointed and will drop away, but those who are committed to giving everything to God will discover that every aspect of life takes on a new and renewed perspective when seen through God’s eyes.  That’s what it means to ‘hate’ in this context. Either we make other things our first priority or we make God our focus. When we focus ourselves on God, everything else finds its proper place – because God loves family, God loves communities, God loves people….God loves us and enjoys us using all our talents creatively – but God doesn’t want us to make these things our ‘gods’…but with Jesus as the focus all these things can be enjoyed and developed the way God always intended.

So what are your priorities? Are you just a fan of Jesus – or are you a committed follower?

Some food for  thought.