How often do we look to the world to be our moral compass? Everyday! We do this by making decisions based on what people will think. When, what we should really be doing is making our decisions based on what God will think. Just like Herodias knew how to play Herod, people know how to play us too, to get the result they desire. But, if we are fixated on Jesus, and He is our moral compass, their tricks and lies won’t matter.
A reflection on Matthew 14:1-12
Politicians make a career out of doing what they think will get them the most votes. We have to remember that by doing what is right we may lose popularity votes. Jesus didn’t take a political stand when He taught and spoke. He stuck with scripture and told it like it was (and still is by the way). His popularity vote was probably pretty darn low! At least in the eyes of those who seemed to have the power.
The question I am wrestling this morning is what is my process for making decisions. When faced with decisions, big or small, I need to step back and say “what would Jesus do”? Those WWJD bracelets were just a fad that went out with the next era, but the message behind them shouldn’t. Though people may look at you like you’re nuts, you can’t falter from what is right in Gods eyes. The world has really lost sight of that.
We were watching a Discovery documentary called When We Left Earth. It detailed NASA’s journey from no one in space to people living and working on space stations for extended periods of time. (By the way, if you have Netflix, I highly recommend you search for this and watch them. They are a great history lesson!) Throughout the journey, president after president would make speeches and in these speeches, they would praise and thank God, and they would call on God for help. Men in Mission Control would pray throughout the entire space mission. They would weep and pray when they lost someone in the name of exploration. I have to say, seeing President Ronald Reagan speak those words of faith reminded me just how far we have fallen. So it’s no wonder we have madmen going into schools, malls, movie theaters and unleashing disaster on innocent people, many times young children. How can we even utter the words “how could this happen”? It happens because we not so politely told God “Get out! We’ve got this all under control”. But I wonder, how long until we realize we have NOTHING under control and we are taking Gods special and perfect creation and turning it into something gross and disgusting. (thus endeth my soapbox 🙂 )
I was asked the question yesterday “Where is your heart burning, what is God stirring in your life for this new year?”. Well, this is it! God is telling me to be bold and step out each day with my face pointed directly to Him. So in this new year, I am going to focus on Jesus and ask what would He do before I make decisions, big or small. It could even be as small as what I eat that day. I want Jesus to be my moral compass, not this world. This world is a disaster and though I can’t change it on my own power, I can do my part to share and show Jesus. And maybe, just maybe, one person will see Jesus in me, then want to share and show Jesus and so on. Discipleship isn’t easy, but it is our calling. One that we have to take seriously.