Saturday, July 2, 2011

Legit Granny

My grandma passed away about five years ago. She was just about as cool as a granny could be. She used to arm-wrestle my brother, give great back scratches, and had the strength of an ox. She grew up in a Communist country essentially as a peasant and had lived her whole life intimately knowing what back-breaking labor was.

In a word, my granny was legit. In fact, she was 2 legit 2 quit. (Yeah, I just laid down a Hot Rod reference. What of it?)

I have some regrets with my grandma, though. Well, mainly just one. I never put the effort forward to really get to know her. Combining that with the fact that I was pretty young leaves me with a very light impression of her, unfortunately. So when she passed away, I have to be honest and say that it did not have that much of an effect on me. But let me try to get you to picture something:

Imagine the scene. Everyone is gathered in a small funeral home around an open casket. It's a relatively dark room, which is not aided by the fact that everyone is wearing black. The attitude is somber. I walk next to the casket and peer inside. If my granny were to shoot up out of the casket and yell, "Hey! What's crackin'?" let's just say that my reaction would be probably me getting a large bump on my head from the fall that occurred from me fainting.

When dead people are brought to life, the reaction is that of shock and blowing people's minds away.

So you say, "Yeah, sure that's the reaction, but that stuff never happens."


Sorry. You're wrong. It happens every day.

Ephesians 2 says that we "were dead in... trespasses and sins." It goes on to list what we were enslaved to and what we desired, but it continues to say to those who have accepted Christ that, "God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ."

So if we have been raised from the grave, why are people not gawking at this miracle?

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (Francis Chan has a great illustration about this passage. Check it out.)

I find that the problem with Christians is not that we are so vastly different from the world, but that we blend in just fine. And as a result, people have no desire to turn to something that doesn't promise life.

So my encouragement is that we start letting our new lives be shown and not hidden. I'll borrow some words from a legit kids song:

This little light of mine. I'm gonna let it shine.


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