It's Ok To Be Human.
Like many Sundays this year, I preached two times yesterday morning at New Covenant Christian Church. During the summer, we have been studying the book of Philippians and are currently talking about the value of humility.
Yesterday I was talking about how Jesus was sensitive to the needs of others and was often times seen hanging out with 'disreputable characters.' He was always willing to go out of His way to do something good for others. The point in this is that we too should be sensitive to the needs of others; even if it is inconvenient for us.
While talking about this, I gave an example from my own life that took place a couple of days ago. I am not going to take the time to write out all of the backstory, but I had agreed to help a family out by putting gas in their truck.
They told me they would meet me in a few minutes at a local gas station. I was in the middle of hanging out with my family, and even though the timing was not convenient, I agreed to meet them. I went to the gas station and to my surprise, they had not arrived. So I waited and waited. 30 minutes went by and I decided to go home.
I didn't just leave the gas station and go home. I went home annoyed and frustrated. Not only was I missing out on time with my family but they didn't even bother to show up.
Once I was home they called me. I decided to do what any good pastor would do; I promptly ignored the call. A few minutes passed and they called a second time. I ignored the call again.
At this point in the story, many people in the congregation gasped and some even let out a chuckle. I think some were in shock and disbelief that a pastor would ignore a phone call not only once but TWICE! I think some were chuckling because they would have handled the situation in the same way that I did. Despite these responses, the story doesn't end here.
My phone rings for the third time and this time I come to my senses and answer. The person had a pretty good reason for not meeting me at the time I thought we would meet but assured me that they were on their way to the gas station now.
To the gas station I went.
I put the gas in the truck and began to talk to the family. It turns out that some of their family had attended VBS in our old church building. The conversation continued on, we laughed and talked for a few minutes and they were very thankful.
The moral of this story? Be willing to help others out at the expense of your own comfort and convenience. If I would have continued to ignore the call, I would have been a poor example of Christ's love. I am glad that I, finally, made the right choice.
The point of me sharing this with you today? It's ok to be human and to let people see my humanity. I think people need to know that I, as a follower of Christ, am first and foremost a human. I am a person who makes mistakes. I am a person who lets the phone ring. Not only that, but it's ok for people to know that I am not perfect. Why? Because we can all relate to imperfection. We are human after all.
My prayer is that God will continue to transform my life so that I can represent Him and His love to a world who so desperately needs Him!
Will you join me?
Until Monday, Josh
If you want to watch this portion of yesterday's message you can watch it by going HERE, go to 1:12:30 and watch until 1:17:05, turn the volume all the way up, and enjoy!