So my friend, Ron Kopicko (which coincidently, rhymes with a restaurant Mary and I used to go to, back in our seminary days near Lexington, Kentucky... Taco Tico)
... where was I?
Oh yeah, Ron Kopicko gave a great challenge last week at a Pastors Conference I attended. The problem, as he put it, is this: we skew the object of our worship. We make the object of our worship our "experience" of Jesus, rather than Jesus himself. Have you ever sang a song in church, and afterward remarked "now, that's good worship"? I have. And usually, what I mean is "I liked that song", or "that song made me feel good..." and Ron is right.
So, I was thinking about the blessing that I receive when I go and do something "world-changing" in the name of Jesus. It's odd how I always feel like I've received more than I've given. I wonder if I promise the wrong things to people: "Hey, if you GO in the name of Jesus, you'll sure get a lot in return..."
I hope I don't promise the wrong things!
Here's the deal: It's good enough just doing something for Jesus, even if it's difficult and tiring and doesn't particularly pay you back. It's good, because He's good.
"Master, what are you talking about? when did we ever see you hungry and feed you [tacos?], thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?" Then the King will say, "I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me -- you did it to me".
Yay for Ron! Yay for Taco's! and Yay for Jesus!