When you hear the word whiner, does someone immediately come to mind? What is your response to this type of person? Granted, in your attempt to be kind, you may not verbalize what is going through your head, directly to that person, but what are you thinking? If you catch a glimpse of them, do make every effort to go the in the other direction to avoid them? Why?
Whiners are exhausting to deal with. Just carrying on a conversation seems to sap the energy right out of you. You wish you could pull the words out of them faster and just get it over with. Now you may be offended by what I am saying. You may even suggest that my behavior is not very Christian-like. But let me pose this question. Is theirs?
People go to movies and spend hard earned money to see a “make-believe” hero. Usually it is one rippling with muscles (male or female), gun slinging, and karate chopping, ready to take on the world, so that good can overcome evil. After the Saturday night movie, these same people show up at church, whining about their burdens and the cross they have to bear.
Let me present another question. If you were an outsider, would you be drawn to a Savior of the world that was portrayed as a whiny wimp?
Jesus Christ, the Messiah is no wimp!
People turn on their televisions glued in amazement, devoted to a weekly program like Survivor to watch people placed in remote locations, trying to make it for 30 days with the hopes of cashing in on a million dollar reward.
Jesus did it for 40 days, and was face to face with the devil! Matthew 4:1-2
1Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.2And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.
Guess what? He didn’t do it for a million dollars, a television program or an opportunity afterward to sign an autograph. He did it for YOU!
People in this world are hungry for a hero and Hollywood does a better job of providing a make believe one than the church does in representing the Real Deal.
I have seen bumper stickers and tee shirts boasting that Chuck Norris can lick his elbow. No disrespect intended, but first of all, if it were even possible, who cares? Secondly, what does licking your elbow accomplish or prove? Could Chuck Norris reattach a man’s ear just by touching him?
Jesus did it! Luke 22:50-51
50And one of them struck the bond servant of the high priest and cut off his ear, the right one.51But Jesus said, Permit them to go so far [as to seize Me]. And He touched the little (insignificant) ear and healed him.
He didn’t do it to get His name on a bumper sticker, or to get paid for a character role in a movie. He did it for him, Malchus, the servant whose ear had been cut off! (John 18:10)
The people who get paid, by your hard earned dollars, to play the character in the role, which you are so hungry to see… are not accessible by you. What do I mean?
They live in the mansions with guard gates. They walk the red carpet while you are on the other side of the ropes, hoping to catch a glimpse. Of what exactly; an imaginary friend?
Jesus wants to be with you! Matthew 11:28
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
When is the last time you received an invitation from an actor in Hollywood let alone the character of the hero that they portrayed?
Jesus wept. He came, lived, and participated in life among us, to prove He loved us. He even had friendships. Lazarus, his dear friend died. And Christ Jesus Himself, knowing He was getting ready to call Lazarus forth from that tomb, wept as one of us.
He was born among us, by a woman, just as we were. He chose to walk that path and live among us. And He took a brutal beating, stabbing and bore a crucifixion, in a human body, experiencing pain that most of us never will. He did it for us.
Why do our children have more knowledge of make believe heroes than they do the real Hero?
Why are we as the Body portraying a defeated, weak, image to the world outside? Would you be drawn into that?
Life will happen. Momentary pain and problems will come. But our Hero has overcome the world! John 16:33
Sorrow and weeping are part of life, but only for a moment! His joy comes with the morning! Psalm 30:5
The next time you are tempted to whine, go for it, just remove the “h” from the word and do it the way He did! John 2 tells the complete story!
You know the story well. Jesus first miracle, he turned that water to wine and was the Hero of the wedding feast. Oh yes indeed!