22 Feb Stop, Drop, & Roll
Do you remember the first time you heard the phrase, “Stop, drop, and roll”? I don’t remember the first time, but that phrase has been part of my consciousness for as long as I can remember. Call it self-preservation or just a memorable phrase, because it is something that really stays with most people. I’d be surprised if you didn’t at least admit that it was familiar even if you didn’t have it memorized.
We were working on fire safety at Cub Scouts over the last two weeks, and this phrase was part of the training. This week, they had the Scouts actually act out the drill. The technique has not changed by the way, in case you were curious. I watched the little boys drop to the ground, cover their faces, and roll one direction and then the other. They were all smiles and giggles as they participated in a very important drill, a skill I hoped they would never need.
We all learn things that are preventative. In the Navy, preventative maintenance (PM) was something on everyone’s to-do list. There was always something that needed to be done or could be done to ensure things continued to run properly. Many of us have these unwritten lists at our offices and in our homes, but PM doesn’t work when it comes to God.
Faith should never be preventative maintenance. Our relationship with God is not supposed to function as part of a to-do list to make sure we do the right things to avoid trouble later. There are many sermons preached promoting Jesus as a means to avoid problems later in life…like say when we die and the truth of eternal death comes up. Jesus is not PM!
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b). Jesus didn’t say, I have come that you would feel more comfortable or not have to worry about anything again. Jesus said, I am giving you life to be lived…abundantly. Jesus is NOT trying to give us a skill…to have just in case. Jesus’ message isn’t about putting out a fire; Jesus is about starting fires. Jesus wants our hearts on fire with the abundance of a real relationship with Him.
Many people think they have checked off Jesus PM on their to-do list, but that isn’t what Jesus is after. Join us this Sunday as we learn about what Jesus had to say to people that tried to cover their bases. Jesus is ready for your life to begin now…are you?
Blessings to you,