Back when I was a lot younger, (I mean a LOT younger) a movie entitled ‘Saturday Night Fever’ came out. Everyone was talking about the music, the dancing, etc. It was one of the ‘it’ movies. (You know the kind everyone tells everyone that they simply MUST see!) I have a tendency to avoid what everyone else tells me to see, let alone read, to be honest, but in this case, I let myself be talked into attending.
What a MISTAKE!
All that I could think of was this: If Jesus came back now I would just d-i-e! Now, this movie is mild compared to what is around today–even on television. But the fact remains that I came home from that movie as soon as humanly possible and took a shower because to ME it made me feel dirty inside and out.
I have also attended many a service where ‘Uncle George’ or young Eliza comes forward in the aisle to get ‘saved’ and is never seen on a pew again. Was it real? Did they truly mean what they professed? Were they reacting on pure emotion?
It isn’t up to ME to judge but this mornings reading got me to thinking about both of the above. Mark 4:26-29: And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
We meet so many people during our lives. Do you ever wonder what they truly think about who we are? What we believe? Where we go? What we say? With the advent of all the internet applications, we could be on camera every moment of the day. Our good deeds and our evil ones can be shown. Countries have television cameras on every block which can help catch thieves or even greater crimes. People can film only certain part of events to make a point. Loved ones can be reunited after tragedies.
Unbeknowst to many, God has us on camera ALWAYS. Every thought, deed, and statement, open and hidden, is displayed for Him.
We may never know who we touch in this world by some word or action for our harvest has not come as of yet. Being aware that we are always on camera, however, may help us stifle our impulses to react to our sinful nature rather than remain joyful and positive as an illustration of what following Jesus can bring.
Next time you lather up, stop and think about God’s camera, and pray that you can bring a moment to someone where the light of Jesus shines through you. You may fail at times (we all do) but, then again, that one small beam may change the life of someone you might not even know!