I Want To Be Buffed!
As I’m writing this, I’m watching my kids through the window of my home office — jumping, laughing, running…and just getting along. They’re not aware of our status symbol, whether we’re in middle class, upper class, or any class. They’re clueless to our situation in life, problems, finances, and issues. They’re just…having fun.
Do you ever miss the days of just “getting along” and “having fun”??? Isn’t there something in the scripture about “becoming like little children”? Is this what God was talking about? Do you ever think that maybe we’ve missed it somewhere? I know I do.
In our western culture, we are so “materialized” that all we often see is status, class, cars, homes, wrinkles, fat, skinny, young, old, and etc. And, of course, it’s not much different in the church (adding rules, religion, and who’s getting the latest revelation). Don’t get me wrong, however. I want status, class, cars, homes, no wrinkles, youth — and the latest revelation. And, sure, I want to be buffed! I’ve spent too many years being “un-buffed”. It’s all good. But this is NOT what it’s about. Looking back at my kids, it’s about so much more! What?? People!
You can have it all, but if you have no one to share it with, you have nothing. In the words of Jesus, if you want it all, give your life away. To who? People. It’s all about people. The reason Jesus came to the earth in the first place was for people. The reason God created the earth? People. The reason the Holy Spirit fills us? He wants to dwell with His people. When Jesus was asked about the most important commandment? People. Love God. Yourself. And People!
And ESPECIALLY for many of us who spend years of our life on the stage? It’s all about people. Yes, we make it all about God; but then He turns and makes it all about us. People. However, we get so caught up in the look, the sound, the creativity, the latest song, and the performance, that we forget the people. Most people don’t care as much about the performance as we do. They want to know that we love God. And we love them. They want relationship. We should always remember that we are not called to sing to our people, we are called to serve them! Those who understand this principle will always please the heart of God – and be rewarded and promoted. It’s all about people.
In conclusion, let’s apply it. No matter where you find yourself today, give the greatest gift of all: yourself! Serve your people. Get to know your people. And learn to love your people. That’s what it’s all about. Never let the spotlight get so bright, that you can’t see the people. Spiritually…and literally!
I want to be buffed…what are some things you would change about yourself? It doesn’t have to be spiritual….