Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Now, if we get together regularly by radio, we have sort of a strange relationship, you and I, don't we? I mean it's very possible you only know me by radio, and that could be a break for you. Probably some folks who know me would say, "Yeah, that's probably better we just know him by radio." You only know my voice; sort of a one-dimensional relationship. Now, it's always amusing when people find out how I look. Yeah, they have a mental image. They'll be somewhere where I'm speaking and say, "Oh, this is it? We thought you looked different."
Now, occasionally I've had an opportunity to be on TV. And maybe when I did a guest appearance on Wild Kingdom, maybe you saw me there. But, when I am on television, and if you were to see me there, you'd know me two dimensionally. You'd be able to see me and hear me. Frankly, what I enjoy most is meeting listeners in person, as I've had the opportunity maybe with you. And I do have that chance many times. We can shake hands, we can look each other in the eye, we can interact with each other instead of just being in a one-way conversation like today. And when you meet someone that you've only seen or heard before, you've got a 3-D, a three-dimensional relationship. And that's the best kind.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "A 3-D Savior."
Now, our word for today from the Word of God is found in John chapter 12, and I'll begin reading in verse 1. "Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume."
Did you notice there are three levels in this passage of being around Jesus? See, we have a Savior who can only be really known three-dimensionally. The problem is that usually one of these dimensions is missing in a Christian's life. And following and knowing Christ is like a three-legged stool. If you take one leg away, the stool keeps falling over - the Christian life keeps falling over. Maybe yours is because, well one of these three legs is missing.
First it says here that Martha served. Well, that's the first dimension of knowing Jesus - working. She's busy for the Lord. Now, it's important to be sure that it's Him that you're busy for; not the church, not some human leader. The question is, "Are you actively serving your Lord in some capacity?" There are things you can only know about Him that way. As you work for Jesus, you find out how much you need Him. Because you say, "Boy, I've got to have some resources to serve Him with." And then you...you really reach out for Him.
Now, Lazarus, well, he isn't working. He demonstrates "withness." He's spending time with Jesus listening to Him. The way you listen to Him today is through what He wrote - the Bible. So are you regularly meeting with Jesus around His Word? Often the people who are working hard for the Lord, neglect their "with" time. And the "with" people who are spending time with Jesus often aren't busy enough for the Lord. As you're consciously with Jesus, you find out what He wants you to do.
Now, Mary? She's the worshipper. She worships lavish worship, extravagant appreciation, sincere humility, time to just stand back and see how big and loving and how in control your Lord is. Now, are you allowing regular time just to worship His majesty...to be awed by who He is? As you worship Jesus, you find out how awesome He really is. Some who have work time and with time are just cranking it out because they're missing time just to worship.
Those are three dimensions of knowing Jesus. The problem might be that one dimension is out of focus for you, or maybe not even in the picture. So why not go for it all?
Work for Him, be with Him, worship Him.