JESUS IS NOT YOUR HOMEBOY

November 30, 2017

PSALM 99

JESUS IS NOT YOUR HOMEBOY

 

I have a confession… I do not like Christian apparel! I do apologize for those who are in that business but please, if we are worshiping the God of the universe who is the source of creativity, let us not simply borrow ideas and put a cheesy Christian spin on them. I am all for metaphors, analogies, and stories but man when you start taking the Burger King logo and put a Christian phrase on it to make a T-shirt… c'mon man.

 

In light of Christian apparel, there was a short-lived movement in the late nineties to early two thousands that tried to make Jesus more hip to the younger audience. Even as a youth student at the time, I thought this was just awfully done, not because I was being holy or religious but I just thought the design was terrible as people were wearing trucker hats or baseball tees with the phrase, “Jesus is my homeboy.” The movement tried to be relevant but paid the price of reverence.

 

Now I don’t know the creators of the movement but I am going to give the benefit of the doubt that they were trying to glorify God and I commend that but in all the things that we do for God, let us not forget the God that we are doing all this for! To do things for God without knowing God is a slippery slope that can lead to actions that may be against His will because we may not even know His will! To know His will is to know His heart through a life dedicated in seeking His presence, His thoughts, and His words. The people who knew God and experienced the most intimate moments with Him were the ones that actually feared Him the most!

 

I heard this from Pastor Bill Johnson and I can’t wholeheartedly relate because I am not married but he said that he loves his wife but he fears her at the same time, to which any married man will truly understand. When you fear something, you have set it apart from the ordinary common things that are in your perspective and at that moment, this thing that has your attention is set apart from the rest. The word “holy” is simply a word that is defined as something that is set apart and thus when we fear God properly we acknowledge that He is holy or set apart from the rest, therefore cannot be treated like the rest!

 

That is the basis of today’s Psalm! To realize that He is holy and to understand that concept will lead to worship!

 

Praise Him today and know Him as friend, savior, and LORD.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

 

  • Call upon God to follow God

    • “Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the LORD, and he answered them.

      • Some of us are trying to follow God without the power of God that gives us the ability to follow. If it required God to save you from your sins, it will require God to keep you going in His presence. I cannot stress this enough, to spend time with the Lord daily is the only way to grow in the Lord! Don’t be afraid of making it a routine at first because once it has become routine, spending time with God is as natural as breathing because spiritually speaking some of us are suffocating.

  • Seek His voice but seek to obey it

    • “In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.”

      • Some of us seek to hear Him but don’t want to listen to Him. To those God speaks to the most are the ones that want to be in a relationship with Him where they allow God to love on them while they love Him back! How do you love the Lord? Obey Him.

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