“By the power of Grayskull!”
He-Man and Sheera! Cartoon characters of our children’s youth. Masters of the Universe. “By the power of Grayskull” as Prince Adam pointed his sword high, invoked “the power” and was transformed into He-Man with superhuman strength.
“In the name of Jesus!”
Us lot and God. Cartoon characters in a belief system that never grew up. Followers of the Way. “In the name of Jesus” as we point our palms high, invoke “the power” and transform whatever it is we are trying to transform.
And then Jesus speak:
“Talitha koum” – get up, little girl.
Jesus takes all the religion out of “religion” – makes it all so mundane, so everyday: get up, little girl (and, by the way – she is hungry – give her something to eat).
Why do we love to put religion back into religion – make it all so “humble” and so “faithful” so “we must glorify God”? Why do we invoke the power? …. “Ask, ask, ask, petition, petition, petition, intercede, intercede, intercede … in the name of Jesus, and by the power of Grayskull, amen”
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Just what does it mean to be an adopted heir/heiress, a son/daughter of God?
That we walk the face of the earth telling everyone “My dad’s bigger than your dad!”? That we speak only to our Father in a “Masters of the Universe” way?
Seems to me we are missing something important – something that differentiates us from the dusty peeps when we read about Jesus walking and talking and healing: the difference of indwelling.
Jesus was walking amongst the “we only have the law” peeps, the “we are the chosen people by right” peeps, the “we have to earn our forgiveness” peeps. Peeps without what we have and take for granted … God in me. An indwelling God who makes His home within every fibre of my being. Who desires to reside and share and walk and breath in and with me. A God who desires ME!
And yes, the apostles got it – and then spent the first years of getting it telling those who got it and lost it why they had lost it. So why do we still persist in “stopping the clock” on God Soft Hands Jesus? Why do we still take His words to those dusty peeps not indwelt as “gospel” (unless we are also not really indwelt) – unless our “loving relationship” is static, stagnant and septic?
“In the name of Jesus” …
And as indwelt of God, I ponder another thought this Sunday – as we gather together in His name … does “that phrase” not come close to:
“I will not speak directly to God. Because I cannot be in God’s presence. But I do not believe Jesus is God or has God’s power. Which is why I have to ask God for something – but can’t. And I can’t ask Jesus for something – because he hasn’t. So my only option is to do this “odd choreography” each time: I ask Jesus to ask God on my behalf.”
If my children did that to me … I would weep (and have in my earlier days as a father)! Thankfully our relationship has grown, changed and evolved.
How about yours? Is your relationship growing, changing and evolving?
I don’t want to be a cartoon character with a cartoon character God. I have the real deal. I have God now today, this second, always. I am His Son and He is my Father. I call Him GSHJ because He is My Dad!
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“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.” Mark 5:36-43
As well as taking “religion out of religion” – He also invites us to be move beyond cartoon characters …
If we allow.