Can you commit?

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Incoming message for you…from Jesus:

You, my friend, are confusing!

I mean in terms of your actions.  You’re all over the place!

Check this out:

com·mit/kəˈmit/  Verb.

  1. Carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act): “he committed an uncharacteristic error”.
  2. Pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.   (Google definition)
Isn’t it weird h0w one little word, “commit”, can point in two diametrically opposed directions? 

For Christians, to commit means either to 1) carry out a sin or 2) join a group opposed to sin.

That’s just wacky! And the wackiest thing is I’ve seen you do both!

Sometimes you’ll commit a sin, usually when you think nobody is looking. It’s as if you’re not in your right mind. You focus all your energy and effort into doing the very thing you know you shouldn’t be doing!

I once said this to my disciples:

‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)

Nothing makes me sadder than to see you enslaved to your passions, selfish desires, and so on. I wish you’d stop.

I wish you would take all that energy and passion and focus it in the direction of the Kingdom! That’s something worth being committed too.

Old Job had a rough go of things, but even so, he kept the right focus.  Remember when he said this?

“As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause.” (Job 5:8)

I love that. Good for him.

And what about you? You’ve got so much potential. So much to offer the world and the Kingdom. It’s so good having you committed, when you focus on Love and Compassion and Justice.

As for those other times, when you commit to the wrong things…

I forgive you. I always will.

But keep this in mind, friend:

Choosing whether to commit a sin or commit yourself to the Kingdom…

can shape the definition of your whole life.

Have a good week,

(Jesus)

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Deviled Eggs

It’s a mystery to me how it happens.

But every year, millions of Easter eggs become Deviled eggs.

And here’s the scary part: The transformation makes them MUCH TASTIER.

Does it make me a bad person that this time of year I dream of downing a whole tray of those delicious temptations?

Here’s where the name comes from (according to Wikipedia):

In the 19th century, deviled eggs were so named because of the process of turning ordinary eggs into something zesty. I guess putting some mustard and pepper in with the yolks added a little of the devil to them.

So here’s my question. Why does Jesus’ holiday feature cold, dry boiled eggs, and the Devil gets credit for the SINGLE GREATEST POTLUCK DISH EVER CREATED???

Ahem.

I guess we have a tendency to equate self-denial and simplicity with God, and attach anything remotely indulgent to Satan.

Well I’m done with that.

As of this moment, I am RENAMING Deviled Eggs into Resurrection Eggs.

Who’s with me? Send this to 30 of your closest friends! It’s a revolution!

Oh, who am I kidding?

It just doesn’t have the right ring to it. (I wasn’t a big fan of “Freedom Fries” either.)

Tell you what. Instead of us worrying about the old-timey names or “sinfulness” of our favorite foods, let’s just THANK GOD for them!

God, after all, did not send us his Son because he hated  the world, but because he loved it. This life is meant to be enjoyed responsibly.

That means you and I can sit down for a healthy feast of deviled eggs, deviled ham, and devils food cake, if we want.

We’ll be safe in the knowledge that…

The devil didn’t make us do it.

Have a great week,

Mitch

Emptied Himself

                                  Let each of you look

                               not to your own interests,

                            but to the interests of others. 

                            Let the same mind be in you

                           that was in Christ Jesus, who,

though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality

with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, 

taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And

                            being found in human form, 

                            he humbled himself and

                            became obedient to the point

                            of death—even death on a

                           cross.  Philippians 2: 4-8