Tagged: God

When Valium isn’t enough

I stood on the side of the street in my own little world and heard a loud angry voice coming my way. As I looked up from sending a text, my eyes met with the guy who was crashing through the crowd of people. He came to a sudden halt and shouted at me “Do you know what you have just done”? I had no idea what he was talking about but as he came closer to a big smile appeared on his face. “You are a #@$%-ing human valium”! I laughed at this but he went on to share with me that someone had hurt him and caused him to get anxious and extremely angry. He said he wanted to kill someone but while walking past as soon as he saw me all the anger vanished and he felt at peace. We spoke for 30 min about his life, struggles and what he hoped for. I have been called many things but never a human valium.

Valium is used for anxiety. Valium can also be used to treat trembling, states of confusion or anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal. It is also used to treat panic attacks. I can see why people would turn to valium to relieve things that are hard to manage in their lives. With the recent events that have taken place in the world and all the stuff we that don’t hear about the need for medication will no doubt be on the rise. More than ever Christians need to be available to be a sort of medication to a world that is full of chaos and pain.

From the book of Matthew chapter 5

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Jesus is saying we are the salt of the earth, the light of the world. Yep, sometimes people will need medication to get through the day, but what would happen if we took seriously what Jesus is saying here. How would it impact us and others who come into contact with us? As I continue to work out my salvation on a daily basis, I am realizing more and more that my faith journey is not just about my relationship with Christ and the benefits of my internal transformation, but how the renewing of my mind will impact others.  This is not some new profound thought and doesn’t just apply to me. I believe there are many who are part of the body of Christ who are neglecting this part of running the race. Whatever the reasons for this happening, its time to take hold of the truth that Jesus is speaking about.

Salt enhances the flavour of food and is used to de-ice sidewalks after its been snowing. Light replaces darkness and allows people to see more clearly. Salt and light are good things, but when its Jesus Christ telling us that is what we are then its not just salt and light, its God fuelled. When I take the time to have dialogue with God I often pray and ask that I will see people and situations from a kingdom perspective, that I will see what Jesus sees.  Its amazing what takes place when we see with our spiritual eyes and ears.  Its even more profound what others see when we have committed ourselves to being available.

Straight up, the world needs some good flavour, and those who are walking on unstable ground need something to help them move forward.  and you only have to take a glimpse at the news or look at your  feed on Facebook to see that darkness and shadows are very real in this world,  and a light that can pierce that darkness needs to be present.  Thank God it is, Jesus is very much alive and we, the body of Christ are his hands, feet, ears and tongues. The bible says we have the mind of Christ so connect with him to be used, to be that person who counter attacks anxiety and causes people to feel at peace.

If you want this, to see the world differently and to see people as Jesus sees them, and most of all be the salt and light that he says we are, be prepared. Sometimes you wont like what you see, you may even grieve, but those who are seeking truth will see him in you and will often be drawn to you. Read the word, be in constant dialogue with the trinity and place yourselves in the company of others who can encourage and support you to be this God fuelled salt and light.

Thanks for dropping by and reading

Would the real Jesus please stand up!

I became a Christian thirteen years ago and recently I have been asking myself why? Three days before, I made a promise to a God I didnt believe in, and people who had been praying for me that there was no way in Hell I would ever believe what they believe. So what or Who changed my mind?

His name is Jesus Christ. Over the years I have read and heard lots of people’s opinions about who they think he was or wasnt. 

  • Liar
  • Lunatic
  • Magician
  • Good teacher  
  • Trouble maker
  • Rebel
  • God in the flesh
  • Son of God
  • King
  • Redeemer
  • Fool

And some say that he never lived at all. Whether people believe that he existed or not it would be fair to say that Jesus wont be forgotten in a hurry. He is featured in Music, art, books, movies and he is often the centre of convesations, studies, debates and his name will either give people peace or cause them to get pretty angry.

Jesus and his cross are at the centre of Christianity. I became a christian because of everything he represents, yesterday, today and tomorrow. I believe he is God, part of the Trinity and that he is very much alive today and has a passion for people. But I think he is something more, or something less I should say. Because He is God I have often forgotten one of the most important things about him and this has meant I have found it difficult to approach him, and I start to think that he is to big and powerful, to Holy and would he really understand me?

God in the flesh. He was flesh and blood and I have been reminded of this in some sermons I have listened to in the last couple of weeks. Its so easy to forget that he is the bloke that I read about in the four gospels, trekking around the country side in the dust with the disciples. He needed to eat and sleep and have his space from the crowds of people who wanted his attention. He hung out with those who left everything to follow him, spent quality time with people who had nothing and rolled with the religious heavies. He cried, celebrated and even got angry. He was so serious about loving people that he was murded.

As I start to read the Gospels all over again I will ask “would the real Jesus please stand up” and leave behind what I think I know about him and what others see him to be, and will be looking on each page for the human Jesus christ. His sense of humour, strong charecter, ability to communicate in powerful ways, the way he related to people and most of all his love.

I have no doubt in my mind that as I intentionally journey deeper into Gods word and ask lots of questions, that Jesus will Indeed stand up and show me exactly who he is.

Time to Get back to Basics