Friday, October 15, 2010

Jesus is the Hero

I just read a post by my friend Nicki that is so bold and awesome about how the world views Christians called If You Want to Blame Someone, Blame Yourself. You must read it!
This is what it spurred in my heart just now though.

This week many of us witnessed the miners in Chili being brought up out of a dark pit.

Since the day they were trapped, the desire to rescue them was intense and focused.
It would have been worthless to sit up here and just point fingers at whatever went wrong.
Condemnation was put aside and the rescue efforts were put in place.
And from the 1st to the very last miner, we rejoiced and praised as we watched each of them walk into the arms of a loved one.
Every single miner was waited for.
And every single miner was welcomed with open arms no matter how dirty they were.

There are many in the pit of darkness.
And as Christians, it is easy to sit in our pews and shake our heads at their lifestyle.
Does that mean we sit back and just let them live life out of control?
Of course not, that would be stupid and irresponsible on our part.
But there is a way to confront someone in love instead of pure condemnation.
Don't get me wrong here, I'm not saying to be afraid of stepping on any one's toes, you want to speak truth into some one's life and not skirt around the issues they're facing. But to be truthful in love is so different. My Uncle Chris was just like that with me. He lovingly told me that I needed Jesus. That He was praying for me. And he pointed things out that needed to be addressed.
I knew my uncle didn't agree with my lifestyle, but not once was his finger pointing so hard at me that I couldn't see past his finger to his heart for me and more importantly, His heart for Jesus. 
That love is a tool Jesus used to save my life.

What are you doing..sitting around pointing fingers or are you cooperating with God's rescue effort?
Don't let it be mistaken that Jesus Christ is the Rescuer. 
He is the Hero.
Not us. 
Even though men dug the hole that provided the way out of the entrapment for the miners, the tube is what brought the miners up out of the earth. And just like with those lost, who don't know Jesus or perhaps do know Jesus, but have chosen to live life their way like I did...He will use us to share Him, to share His Word, but HE is the tube that brings them up out of the darkness. The tube brought the miners up and out to freedom while the men who dug stood around clapping and praising. And as Jesus brings those that are in any sin filled lifestyle into freedom, we stand or perhaps kneel...clapping and praising our Hero. 

Thank you Jesus for never giving up on me and thank you Uncle Chris for letting Jesus use your love for Him to love on your once Prodigal niece.
Have a blessed weekend. 
Next Tuesday I''ll post on chapters 3 & 4 from the book study of "It's No Secret".
Sorry I missed this week, but it was a crazy one.  


Chris & Brenda said...

You are too sweet and too generous. It was Jesus who was relentless in His pursuit of you - using me or whatever/whoever else He needed to to reach you (and me.) Oh, how He loves us!!

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Lelia, I loved this so much. I would love to give you a shout-out on my blog on Monday if that's ok? I believe that we can never be to kind, courageous and loving in the name of Jesus.

LOVE your story!!!

I'm so thankful for you! Love you!!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

I like this post. I am bless just by reading this. Thanks for sharing, Lelia. :)

Kelly L said...

What a great post - and so very right on the mark. Thank you

Love to you
Your Sister in Christ
I've Become My Mother

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Favorite line in this post?

"Every single miner was waited for..."

It sinks deeply into my heart and makes me exceedingly grateful for the mining efforts of my Father. To reach deeply into the depths of the earth to rescue me, free me, WAIT for me.

In humble pause I sit.

Thanks for this.


AnooCre8ion said...

Lelia, this is a beautiful, heartwarming and still challenging post.

bless you

Cindy said...

We have all been in the pit and thankfully we have a Father that is waiting for us or has (more than once) waited for us.
Jesus is the Hero and he waits for me!!!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

loved this post! i watched the rescue myself and it was just so touching! each time a miner was brought up it just did something to my heart!

looking forward to chapters 3 & 4. I have had a busy week or two myself!

Rachel Olsen said...

Terrific post! I'll pop in later and see how the book study is going.

Blessings to you ~ Rachel

lisasmith said...

beautiful words and picture!!!

just popped in to say hi!
xoxo lisa

His Love Extended--Julie Gorman said...


Father, thank You for Your mercy and for passionately pursuing each one of us. Help us to extend your Love to a hurting, broken world! In Jesus name, amen!