Share It Like Silly Putty

When I was a kid (some would debate I still am), I had a special day.  A kid in my class gave me a little red egg that helped to make that day special.  Inside was this gooey flesh colored  clay like substance.  It was the start of a revolution in my heart.  Now about 22 years later I realize the difference it can make.

I’ve always enjoyed sharing my prized possessions.  I’m a tech geek and whenever I get a chance to toot my own horn about something…i tend to (sad, I know).  With that I always share where it came from, and defend why it was necessary for me to have it.  But I began debating this question recently…

“If I am so adamant verbally about my worldly choices, what about the supernatural gift that God has given me?  Am I verbally adamant and excited about the gift of the Gospel?  Am I excited to seek to share Jesus with others?”

Don’t get me wrong…I love to share Jesus…but I have to face the truth.  I have been guilty of generally waiting for someone else to seek it from me instead of me seeking to share Him to others.  Selfish, I know!

So back to the silly putty.  Here is the point.  I was super excited about the gift of silly putty that I shared it with my childlike excitement.  This is parallel I found between sharing it like silly putty and the great commission.

(Disclaimer:  Jesus worth infinitely more than silly putty ever could even make a blip on the screen. In no way would I desire to demean or devalue Jesus.)

Matthew 28:18 Jesus states “All authority has been given to me on heaven and earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit teaching them to obey all I have commanded and remember I am with you, even to the end of the age.”

So here is the parallel…finally!

Share it like Silly Putty!

1-Remember Who It Came From – I couldn’t take credit for the silly putty and I can’t take credit for the gospel.  It removes the I from the picture.  When we share the Gospel remember all authority is given to Jesus.  It is not about our fear, but His glory.

2-Give It So Others Can Give – I wanted to share the silly putty that was given to me so I gave some to others and I hope they gave some of it to others…eventually it ran out.  Jesus however doesn’t.  Give Him in power and faith so that others may become disciples and they too can give Him to others so as to make disciples and so on.

3-Help Others Discover- I showed them all I knew of Silly Putty.  How it bent and pulled up newspaper print.  Help others discover all they can about Jesus.  Be a Disciple that disciples.  Let them see Jesus through us.

4-Remember Jesus is Watching You- Your parents, grandparents, & some teachers may have said it.  Playground kindness rules right?  Well the truth is, Jesus is with us everywhere we go if we are His disciples.  He sees you.  He sees me.  He is with us.  Live in a way that reflects this.

Incommunicado

So recently I seem to have fried my smartphone.  I call it the day the smartphone went stupid.  I now have my replacement (thank you for warranties) and i seem to have gotten over the withdrawals that I had faced… (I’m not an addict, but I cannot quit at anytime I want.).  Over the weekend that it was missing in my life I faced what it was like to be semi-incommunicado.  No phone, no text, no 3G web-surfing.  Scary stuff right?  It was a strange time.  Some people were wondering what was up with me not answering a phone that didn’t work (although many did not know that.).

I really hated not being talked to, not being listened too, not able to communicate what I wanted to say.  (Even though at this point I make the disclaimer that not everything I say is important but there are many things I say that are very important…weight of material may vary).

Then it hit me like a holy 2×4 (pronounced – two by four as in wood).  Even though what I say isn’t very weighty… every word that proceeds from the mouth of God is (Deut 8:3 / Matthew 4:4).  Even the 3 word sentence “I love you” is huge when it comes from Jesus Christ.  One of the things that blow my mind about God is that He is never incommunicado…we are.  (Psalm 46:1).  The scripture tells us that God is not far from us but near us.  For those that are disciples of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells even in us (Romans 8:11).

The other area that struck my heart was that we have God who is all-powerful, all knowing and He loves us… yet I find myself taking for granted the relationship I have with Him and I fail to communicate with Him.  The great part is that God desires us to come to Him and to communicate everything from the things we consider trivial to the deepest core of ourselves. (Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 7:7; etc.). He desires our communication with Him so much that He sends Himself to provide the ability to go deep inside of us (Romans 8:26-27).

Why do I find myself going incommunicado with God?  It is because there are days I just can’t comprehend the immensity of His love for me, for others, for life.  His holy nature is so awesome and yet His love and grace desire all of us (all of His creation).

My fix on becoming mobile again was a replacement phone.  God’s fix to the relationship problem first was Himself in Jesus Christ.

God has created you and me and everyone for a relationship with Him.  That’s right… I said a relationship with the Creator of all things. (This is not some ritualistic religion).

Our problem is our SIN.  My problem is my SIN.  Your problem is your SIN.  SIN is everything that goes against the holy nature of God.  The bad things we know we shouldn’t do but do them and the good things we know we should do but don’t (James 4:17).  And here is some truth that will set you free.

Sins cannot be removed by good deeds.  People and religions have tried it for centuries.  Most religions still do.  There is no way to earn the removal of SIN by trying to be good enough or by using a spiritual balance scale.  No amount of money given, no amount of charity done, no amount of religious duty can get you out of the dootie!  (Yes. I said the dootie)  But I said this was the part that will set you free.

God sent Himself as Jesus Christ to set us free by paying the price for my SIN, for your SIN, for the SIN of the world.  He came to live perfectly (no one had or has ever done that but Jesus).  And then He took the punishment of the cross and died.  (Romans 5:8; 6:23) But the grave could not keep Him (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) because His offer was not death, but life and in Him there was no lie, only truth.  This is what brings us communication, this is what sets us free…the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The great news is that everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life (Romans 10:9-13).  It is a personal decision for you to make.  It was a personal decision for me to make. It is the choice of a lifetime.  But I found and know this to be true, that only in Jesus Christ gift of Himself as God am I able to come near to Him (Hebrews 4:14-16).  I am no longer incommunicado.

Jesus offers life that eternal to you as well.  This means life forever with Jesus Christ, God Himself.  This life will not always be easy.  There will be times you and I will make mistakes. (Believe me, it happens.)  Because of these times, we will go into times that we choose to be incommunicado (directly or indirectly), but because of what Jesus has done for us, we have access.

He loves you…and He desires to show you more than you could even day to dream.  Seek Him and begin communication with God.

“Call to Me & I will answer you,” declares the LORD, “and will show you great and unsearchable things you did not know.” -Jeremiah 33:3