Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jesus Asks: Me or Them?

As early as three years ago, an indie rap track was released on Youtube, and it became viral among the youth. The song tells of DOTA players to choose whether the game or their girlfriends. Here's the video of the song (Warning: Explicit Content).

Then teen rap artist Aikee (if he sounds familiar, he's the kid rapper in the cast of former GMA sitcom Idol Ko Si Kap) released a DZRH Radio on TV (simply known as RHTV) exclusive track entitled DOTA vs. GF It also became a hit on Youtube that it reached more than 13,000,000 views as of today. Oh! Have I mentioned already that the video was uploaded just 10 months ago?

Before you think this is a sequel to GG-Gaming and God, I am telling you that this falls under another topic. OK, maybe count this as GG Part 2, but this post is about prioritizing. Choosing between online gaming and being with your loved one was somehow the similar case when Jesus came to the house of Mary and Martha (read Luke 10:38-42). Although they are sisters, the girls chose different tasks. Martha, the older sister, decided to do her chores, but Mary (different from Jesus' mother) sat down with Him and listened to His Word. Overwhelmed with her tasks, Martha asked the Lord to bring Mary to her so that she can help. Christ's answer, however, touched the heart of both Mary and Martha and I hope will touch yours too. " are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed--or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her. (Luke 10:41b-42)"

In this time that errands are too much for everyone, Jesus is extending His help to us. Although she had to help her sister in preparing stuffs for the Lord, which was their guest then, Mary decided to listen to Christ. His Words energized her and will energize us as well. Martha, on the other hand, realized that she was focused too much on her work rather than being with God, that's why she got tired, overwhelmed, and upset. In the end, of course, Mary and Martha would finish all their errands, but now with full of energy because they listened to Christ.

If we allow Christ to speak in us, He will rejuvenate us. In fact, He even told us, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:27)" Also, He already won the battle against haggardness as quoted in John 16:33b, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." And the biggest battle that Jesus won is the war against our biggest burden, sin. When He died on the cross, Christ brought all our sins with Him there. Now, we have the opportunity to surrender our chores, whether easy or hard, to God because our relationship with Him is restored. Let's pray to the Lord that our minds will be renewed, that we and our friends will be seen based on His perspective, and that all our burdens right now will be surrendered to Him. Let's allow the Lord to bring us to His promised victory. To end this, true joy comes from prioritizing Jesus before Others and You. Don't just put Christ first; make Him the center of your life. So if Jesus comes to you and asks, "Me or them?", which will you choose? Here's what Pastor Ryan Tan has to say, "Prioritize/value the presence of God more than wealth, properties, comfort, achievements, title, reputation, etc."

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