I suppose it’s sort of the new version of the “put your oxygen mask on first” story that we have heard a bizillion times. You know the airline attendant will always runs through the safety precautions before a flight. They inevitably make the statement, “In the event of unexpected pressure drop in the cabin an oxygen mask will drop before you. Make sure to put yours on first before helping others.” We have heard it referenced often in Christendom as well. Take care of your relationship with Christ before reaching out to others. Now we look to Facebook (for those of us still using it) for analogies. It too has been “played out,” I’m sure. On our profiles, under the about section there is the space for you to declare a “Relationship Status.” Every once in a while we see it change when someone gets married or breaks up with a significant other. When Facebook first became popular it felt like some pastor somewhere was always asking, “So what’s your relationship status with Jesus?”
Yes, us Christians like to over-use these “real life comparisons.” Youth pastors are the worst. We think tying stories from every day life to our spiritual life will help others make the transition to “doing something” about their faith. Of course, when as I was thinking about this I actually had to go on Facebook to see what my “relationship” choices were. I just had to know. Here is the screen shot from my discovery on my own profile:
Goodness it’s true. I have heard the analogies so many times I rolled my eyes, and said, “I get it. I should be close to the Lord.” Then I saw this. It made me think of my own “relationship status” with Jesus. (Yes, I said it.) I do have to go “there,” before I can even talk to my students.
I think of how many of these ideas I have indeed taken in my time with Christ. I won’t belabor “explaining” each one, I think you are smart enough to have your own “AHA” moment.
How many of our own students would describe their God relationships as “open” or “complicated?” I guess those who have never heard are “single.” For us in our heart are we “civil” or just “in a relationship?”
Yet, I believe His best choice for us would be to be “married” to Him. He wants us that close and intimate.
How many of us honestly are “separated” from the Lord right now as we struggle with disappointment, grief or frustration? Do we accuse our students of being “engaged” and not taking the plunge when it’s more true for us?
Have you lost your first love?
I think as we celebrate Easter, it’s vital to truly figure out our “status.” I guess analogies really can be convicting after all. At least for me. Now I need an oxygen mask or something.
Where do you stand?
Leneita / @leneitafix