What’s The Point? – Followup by Gary Ellis

My original question: “What’s The Point?”

The followup “point”…

…is found in a Facebook Status of a young friend and sister in Christ, Bethany Neumeyer:

She wrote: “It’s amazing how many things disappear when you’re staring at Jesus.”

What’s the point of the Jesus Follower?  What’s the reason for his or her existence?  The query can rightly have any number of responses.  One size does not fit all.

However, the heart of the matter…the point…the driving force…the primary motivation…best looks like Bethany’s description, “It’s amazing how many things disappear when you’re staring at Jesus.”

You see…this is not a passive, couch potato, pseudo spiritual approach to life.  In fact, it can become very active.  But, that activity is based on Jesus’ own statements, “I do what I see the Father doing (John 5:19)…apart from me you can do nothing (John 5:15)”

There are so many good things to be done in the name of Christian Faith!  As one put it, “Our main choices are not between good and evil, but between good and good.”  Vance Havner said, “Good is the worst enemy of best.”

It is also a personal concern of mine that any real “living” must be done, by the very nature of real life, out of one’s heart rather than their head.

The human intellectual and reasoning capacity is a good thing (in fact absolutely necessary) if it functions as a servant rather than the king.  However, more people than not (which often includes me) has reversed the order and made the brain the boss.  And, actually…it’s a simpler “fix” than one might image.

<I said simpler, I didn’t say easy fix.  Our “brains” are so very used to being boss, they don’t submit that easily>

However, here’s the simple fix:  Give your heart more time than your head.  The primary battle (in my experience) is that the head throw tantrums on basically two fronts…

  • Multiplied distractions.  Sometimes bad temptations, but usually “good ideas.”
  • The thought, “This heart thing is a colossal WASTE OF TIME!!

Let me end this post with Bethany’s quote:

“It’s amazing how many things disappear when you’re staring at Jesus.”

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind [whole spiritual faculty] is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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Gary