Yesterday we finished up our series on Proverbs 30 by highlighting the wisdom of the lizard.
Verse 28: Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces.
The wisdom of the lizard is found in the fact that it goes into places where it isn’t expected and/or wanted. The irony of this image is that this weak creature is able to easily infiltrate the security and protection of the guards, gates and locks of the palace.
I got pretty honest in my message last night. As I’ve observed our group I’ve noticed that we’re pretty self-centered. I’m concerned that we’re too wrapped up in pleasing the world that we’ve completely forgotten about the fact that we are supposed to be lizards. We’re supposed to go into the world, not conform to it.
This isn’t easy. There’s sacrifice involved, but that’s what this whole Christian thing is about. Our leader, Jesus, was killed. Um, I hate to say it, but if they did that to him, why do we think it’ll be the opposite for us?
So we’re doing things different the next 4 weeks in order to try to change this. No more games and crazy music before service. No goofy videos. Instead we’re going to have some directed Bible reading time (corporate and individual), a little worship, some devotional thoughts and a lot of prayer.
I don’t care if numbers go down. I’m not concerned if students don’t like it. If fact I’m fine with that. I’d rather the students who really want to be there woud show up. I feel like our students need to meet Jesus and not be around him. This can’t be forced or created, but I need to do something different to help foster a real relationship with him. The kind of relationship that forsakes the temporary benefits of the world and instead sees the beauty of his grace and implications of his sacrifice.
I came across this video today and wish I had played it last night. It’s a great illustration of how one person can be a “lizard” and start a movement in the process (Oh, and close your eyes from about 2:17-2:20 unless you really want to see the guy in the red underwear or whatever that is he’s wearing! Just watch. It really is good!)