Short Bus Insights-That Roof Looks Terrible

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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School Bus 6

 

I think I have a unique bus route.  Mostly due to the fact that I have to take students to 3 separate towns on most days.  This is because of the rural setting that I am in.  The overall  mileage of the trip is usually around 45 miles and takes a little over an hour.  It is often the same route.  Even if a student is not present that day, we travel down the same roads.

Last week, as we were leaving the dirt road that the school is on and turning onto the paved highway, one of the students looked out the window and said, “That roof looks terrible!”  This is in reference to a run-down building located on the highway.  The face of the once brick building is mostly gone.  The roof, which seems to have been made of 2x4s is busted through so light shines brightly through the top.  Old pieces of wood hang from the structure and the floor of the building is covered with debris and dirt.  I should make something clear however; this building did not recently become like this.  In fact, in my 5 years of living in this area, I cannot recall a time when it was not already abandoned, saggy, and only the shell of a building.  But for this one student, it was as if it happened yesterday.  a discovery had been made.  The wheels of imagination were turning to think of how a building could turn out like this.

I began to laugh as I knew this was not a new occurrence but I also began to think of what I have missed.  What have I driven by every day or come across in my daily routine that I have seemingly ignored?

Have you ever had one of these moments with the Bible?

Have you ever read a verse and thought to yourself, “Has that always been in there?”

This happened to me this past weekend.  My wife and I were privileged to attend the Passion conference in Houston.  We heard some great speakers from Louie Giglio to Beth Moore and Francis Chan.  During one of the sessions, Francis Chan’s teaching session, he read from 2 Peter.

As he started reading the first few verses of chapter 1 it did not take long for me to say, “Has that always been in there?”  In fact it is 2 Peter 1:1 that I would like to share with you today.

2 Peter 1:1 “Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:”

The part that struck a chord with me, which Francis Chan elaborated on surely better than I am about to, was “to those who have a faith of equal standing with ours…”

Do you catch what Peter is saying?  Peter, the lead disciple of Christ, the only non-perfect guy to have ever walked on water, the vigorous defender of his Teacher, the man that was crucified upside down because he deemed himself unworthy of dying as Christ did, this guy says that we have a faith that is equal with his.

I am sure many of you, I know I have, think about the people in the Bible being in a different league of faith.  Maybe even seemingly a different dimension of reality.  But Peter tells us that those we read about and those we experience life together with, those in the faith, have “equal standing” before God.

How can this be?  I mean, can I be of the same faith as Elijah?  As Moses?  As David?  As Peter?  As Paul?  Yes!  Because it is all one faith.

Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

We all have the same faith.  Whether we act on that faith, or grow that faith is a different matter all together.  But it all boils down to this guy Jesus (as it always seems to).

When God looks at his faith children, who does he see?  Does he see us in our righteousness?  No, because he have no righteousness.  God sees his Son Jesus who is the epitome of righteousness.  Who, through him, we can be righteous.

Thankfully when God looks at us, who have the faith, he does not see us in our righteousness for there would be nothing to see, but instead as he gazes our way, his true and perfect Son is standing before him.

This is how we have a faith of equal standing” with Peter, Paul, the disciples, the prophets, and the patriarchs.

I hope I continue to discover new things in the Bible.  I hope you also search the Bible and read passages and verses and read them as if reading them for the first time.

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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