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Our Priorities for Jesus

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 3:26, ” And they came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, He who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness – look, He is baptizing, and all are going to Him.’ “

Background

Television shows in many ways reflect the life cycle of a human being. They are created and developed long before they become known to the public. When the time comes, they are delivered for all to see. Over time they grow and morph, changing their look and experiencing varying degrees of success and appeal. Eventually, a decline begins and things start to fade until ultimately, the end comes and they are no more. However, if a show experiences a certain degree of success, or if a particular character strikes a chord with its viewing public, sometimes that show can reproduce itself in the form of a spin-off. Unfortunately, spin-offs, much like movie sequels, rarely live up to the popularity enjoyed by their predecessors. But some have gone on to enjoy a level of success that at least compares to their parent show. Frazier was a popular character on Cheers, and he went on to have his own show named after him that lasted eleven years, just as Cheers did. In the 70’s, spin-offs seemed to pop up as if they were bunnies being born. All in the Family was hugely popular, and from it came several successful, if less watchable, shows like The Jeffersons and Maude , which then spun off Good Times . The classic Mary Tyler Moore Show in turn gave us the serviceable programs Rhoda and Lou Grant . From a bit piece in Love, American Style came the giant Happy Days , which then gave us Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy .

Application

Jesus was not a spin-off from John. But He did come after John, and He did take away the followers, the audience if you will, of John. And to the surprise of John’s closest disciples, he was perfectly fine with that. In fact, he anticipated it and reveled in it. What we must do is look for the same in our lives. When Jesus comes on the scene, once He has begun His life in you, everything should begin to gravitate towards Him. His popularity should grow, and all else should fade. If there are things that still get higher ratings from you than Jesus, then it’s time to change the program.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let Jesus invade you and lead you to shift some of your priorities around for His glory and your good.


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