Today I am very excited. This is the first time someone has ever done a guest post on my blog. Today’s post if from Seiji Yamashita. He and his wife are expecting their first child and currently in the process of purchasing a house. Please say some prayers for them.
I encourage you to follow him on Twitter @JustaPen and definitely check out his Blog – The Ignition Point – http://justapen.wordpress.com/
My favorite line from Star Trek: Generations is early on in the movie before Captain Kirk “dies” for the first time. He has just found out that his pilot, Hikaru Sulu, had a family and a daughter who was now serving in Starfleet. For all you non-nerd types out there, let me translate: a career military man had a family.
Kirk is astonished of course and asks “when did he have time?” Now the smart aleck in me has to try really hard to keep my mouth shut on that one but the script writers put in a very good answer here. “You told us Captain, that if something is important, you make time for it.”
I like that. I can handle that. I can take that and put it into my context and understanding of the world and apply it to my life. Family is important therefore I make time for it. Relationships are important so I make time for it. Career is…reasonably important so I’ll make time for that too.
Lucky for me however, or maybe unlucky depending on your perspective, I don’t model my life after James Tiberius Kirk. I model my life after Jesus. And Jesus said something very different.
Matthew 6:33 “First seek the Kingdom of God in all its righteousness.”
Ok, so instead of family and relationships the Kingdom of God comes first and I make time for that. Ok I can still handle that.
Matthew 13:45-46 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.”
This one makes me stop. This is like Elisha burning his plow and sacrificing his oxen to follow Elijah. This is the moment where the disciples dropped everything without a thought to follow Jesus. This is what Jesus means when he says “follow me.” He’s saying, forget all that stupid stuff you think is important, because here is the pearl of great price, and it’s worth everything.
Even my dreams, Jesus?
Even my hopes?
John Wimber tells the story of how he first heard this parable and what it meant to him. Arguably one can say that the Christian must be WILLING to give up everything for the sake of the Kingdom, but what happens on D-day when you have to get out of the boat and leave it all behind you?
Could you do it?
I’m not sure I could. Jesus has been talking to me, some days more sternly than others, about my dreams and visions and I’m having a really hard time with it. These are dreams I’ve had since I was a kid and they’re really all I can hold onto when things get tough and I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. On those days when I’m just tired of the people I deal with on a daily basis, when I don’t want to think about the next bill coming in, or someone else putting more demands on my time, I can carve out a couple of hours for me and my dream.
And now I’m supposed to give it up not because I’m supposed to, but because the Kingdom is worth it.
If God asked you to give it up, could you do it?