Thursday, September 23, 2010

.C'mon Jesus... just this one thing.

I used to joke that Jesus' favorite football team was the New York Giants.


Because I gave in "to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist Him into a version of Jesus [I was] more comfortable with." [Platt]

I wanted "A Jesus Who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on [my] comforts." [Platt]

I wanted to "gather in [my] church building and sing and lift up [my] hands in worship..." [Platt] to me.

This may not make a lot of sense to anyone who reads this, but if you knew my heart... it did not ache for Africa, it ached for the Meadowlands... it was not desperate for the Scriptures, it was desperate for it did not yearn to find followers of Christ, it yearned to make converts to my beloved royal blue NY. In fact, my daughter recognized a Giants logo long before she recognized the cross.
Friends, I have been crying out to God, what can I sacrifice that I have not already given... so today, I will go home and gather my Eli Manning football, my Lawrence Taylor Jersey, my Tiki Barber prints, my Harry Carson hat, and my Jeremy Shockey helmet... the symbols of my former allegiance... and I... [without exaggeration I paused here to think... I wish it were not true] give it all away. Our school is putting on an auction to support Christian education... may God bless the sale of my idolatry.

Forgive me for my sin, I am so foolish to see it as anything valuable in light of You.

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Tiffany said...

I so get it Jim. I'm holding nothing back....
Thank you for leading our family in this way. We are so blessed. I cannot wait to see what else God can do with two pitiful, unworthy, broken people. It's all for Him. All for His glory. I love you.

LivingLifeOutLoud said...

Wow Jim .... THANK YOU for posting this. As I sit here reading I am crying. Thank you I needed to read this.
Thanks for being so real!

Heidi said...
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Heidi said...

I LOVE this post, that is the real deal! Thank you for your honesty and for calling idolatry what it is!