Jesus. The ultimate in relevant.

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Phil 2:1-11 NIV

Can we stop saying that God, Jesus, The Word of God, The Gospel don’t need to be relevant to the current culture? Jesus was the ultimate example of relevance. He could have come with all the force of his deity and really told us a thing or two. And we would have followed or died. But He didn’t. He came as a man. In the culture he visited. Using words and concepts they understood and some they didn’t. Empowering scandalous irreligious people to work for His kingdom. And foreigners. He was not defensive. He didn’t push an agenda as he wept with Mary & Martha at Lazarus’ death although he certainly could have blown them off with a wave of his hand and a “watch this”.

Jesus was relevant to the culture and gives us the best reason to do the same. Because He showed us how.

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:9 NASB


2 responses to this post.

  1. Nice joni! Regarding 2 Pet 3:9, my husband and I do devotions with our kiddos each night and the theme lately has been dying and Heaven and the Lord’s return. My son, Kota, has been very interested in the fact that the Lord won’t come back until every one has had an opportunity to hear about him. “How will that happen?” Kota asks. We have to tell them. “Where?” At your school, at camps, everywhere you go. “Oh, like missionaries!” His wonderfully created little mind begins to twist and turn and ponder. He looks off into space during the remainder of our devotion. I wonder what the Lord is brewing about in this little boy?….


  2. That was an awesome morning read for me. Thank you Joni!!


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