Last week the blog went crazy. And though I would like to believe it’s because I’m brilliant and hilarious and no one can resist my writing, I suspect it’s because I used the word “Pokemon” in the title.
I’m thinking of changing the title from “Reminding Myself” to “Reminding Pokemon.” Stay tuned for the big reveal.
Until then, it certainly is a picture of how we get sucked into things. New ideas, whether games or fads or styles, give life a new twist and jar us from the daily stupor.
And that’s why reminding ourselves of the same gospel truths…
Can feel a little…
Why the infatuation with old? We talk about the “old rugged cross,” the “old, old story,” and then we have to talk about it “yesterday, today, forever.” My eyelids are drooping just thinking about it. So what sets the gospel apart from the cracked candy dish in your grandma’s house?
The answer, if we get it, should make Pokemon, hashtags, and selfies seem so “yesterday.”
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the great I AM. He is NOW, alive and active and working and ruling. He is more alive than you are and more current than the last second. His mercies are new every morning (Lam 3:22-23), in him we are new creations (2 Cor 5:17), and he is preparing a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1). He radiates life and “upholds the universe by the word of his power (Heb 1:3).
Forgetful soul, there is nothing musty about this God.
If his truth feels old and steady, it is: gloriously, assuredly, eternally, magnificently.
If it feels boring and irrelevant, you’ve completely missed him. You might be worshiping some old dead idol of another religion, but it’s not Christianity.
Jesus has risen from the dead. His little finger holds more life than our hearts could stand. Follow him. Talk to him. Look to him. Listen to him. He’s old and new and steadfast and unexpected and comforting and thrilling.
That’s your God.