Only Jesus. It’s #FiveMinuteFriday and the word prompt is Only. That word just had to go with the Name above all Names…Jesus.
I am not a sports authority by any stretch of the imagination. I like baseball, but it’s slow and boring to watch. I used to like to watch basketball, when there were rules such as no traveling. Football? I can leave it any day of the week. Too violent and they never make any progress! It would drive me crazy to have ten 250 pound bodies pile on top of me to find out we had only moved two feet. Not worth it. (Okay, they do make millions of dollars so maybe some would say it is worth it.)
Sports figures, speaking generally, are overpaid and over-privileged. Some do use their fame and fortune to make this world a better place and we thank you.
Then there are those such as LeBron James, who has christened himself with the nickname, The Chosen One. He made this statement recently, “There’s only three people in this world that can score on me in the post,” LeBron said. “Shaquille O’Neal in his prime—who else was it? Oh, it’s two. And Jesus Christ.”
Now, you may argue his remark was tongue-in-cheek, and I hope it was at least that but it was still highly disrespectful and definitely insulting to Christians everywhere.
I have news for LeBron: Jesus doesn’t play basketball.
Jesus came for one purpose; to seek and to save the lost! (Luke 19:10)
- Only Jesus can fill that empty void in your life.
- Only Jesus can give you peace that passes all understanding.
- Only Jesus, as the song says, can satisfy your soul!
- Only Jesus can take everything that is wrong and make it right.
- Only Jesus can give you favor with your co-workers, classmates, neighbors, etc.
- Only Jesus can heal your physical body and your anxiety-ridden mind.
- Only Jesus can save your lost loved one that you have prayed over for ten years.
- Only Jesus can deliver from addictions.
- Only Jesus can forgive sins.
- And Jesus is the Only Way to heaven.
It is true; Jesus is capable of doing absolutely anything. And it is also true that He could play basketball if He really wanted to…and LeBron James would be left holding the towel. But Jesus didn’t come for superficial things; He came to save the world! He died so we might live and He empowered us with His Spirit so that we could be His hands and feet in this world.
Tell the world, Jesus is the ONLY GOD who died, rose again and is coming back for those that love Him. If you only have Jesus, and nothing else in this world, you have everything.
What would you add to the above list? Only Jesus ______________________________________________. Encourage one another with your addition!
Enjoy this song by Matt Redman, Jesus, Only Jesus.
Who can command the highest praise?
Who has the name above all names?
You stand alone, I stand amazed
Jesus, only Jesus