The living Jesus is the elephant in the room

One day I found
The living Jesus,
Or rather He found me.
He’s the elephant
In the room of Christian religion,
Hidden from the wise,
But revealed to
Humble, broken people.
(Matthew 11:25.)
Here’s how He
Streams in my life

The active presence of the living Jesus is the elephant in the room in institutional Christianity. It’s time to recognize and focus on Him!

The living Jesus is so powerful, grand, and incredible yet so easily ignored. You can’t follow and obey the risen Jesus if He’s unnoticed. When a church makes listening to and obeying the risen Jesus irrelevant, it makes Him the elephant in the church service.

Once I couldn’t see Jesus anywhere, but now I see Him everywhere I go. Jesus is the elephant in all of life’s rooms. I want to introduce Him to as many people as I can.

When I met Jesus, I wrote, “Jesus is alive!” on the blackboards in my Presbyterian church. After the service, someone had erased them all. I felt like they wanted to keep the risen Jesus as the church’s elephant in the room.

Christian doctrine without demonstration can be dull. Demonstration without solid doctrine can be deceptive. We need both. Regularly attending church can be a first step to discipleship, but many other steps are needed. Romans 8:14.

Many people claim to be citizens of the kingdom of God but lack proof of citizenship–the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22.) As citizens of the kingdom of God, Christ-followers are supposed to be governed by the Lord Jesus, not by their desires, feelings, and opinions.

Proud heads analyze the Gospel, but hungry, humble hearts embrace, demonstrate, and radiate it. Words said from the head might turn a few heads, but words spoken from the heart heal hurting hearts.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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