A civil servant is badly hurt, after falling down the stairs at city hall. He is taken to the hospital where he remains in a coma for several days. Finally, an eye opens and his doctor tells him, "My friend, I have bad news and I have good news. First of all, you will never be able to work again." "Okay," muttered the injured bureaucrat. "What's the bad news?"
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The sign on the stage proclaimed, "The Motionless Man: Make Him Laugh, Win $100." The temptation was irresistible. For three hours boys and girls, men and women performed every antic and told every joke they could dream up. But Bill Fuqua, the Motionless Man, stood perfectly still.
Fuqua, former Guinness Book of World Records champion at doing nothing, appears so motionless during his routines at shopping malls and amusement parks that he's sometimes mistaken for a mannequin.
He discovered his unique talent at the age of fourteen while standing motionless in front of a Christmas tree as a joke. A woman touched him and exclaimed, "Oh, I thought it was a real person."
Doing nothing is really impossible--even for the Motionless Man. Fuqua attributes his feigned paralysis to hyperelastic skin, an extremely low pulse rate, and intense concentration. He may not laugh at your jokes, but he readily admits that he still has to breathe and blink--occasionally.
The Motionless Man reminds me of some Christians who sit still or stand around when they should be acting, speaking, moving. Do people question whether you're a real Christian? How can we serve as Christ's ambassadors and yet remain passive at the same time?
The first step in the Christian life is confessing that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). As we mature, we understand more fully who Jesus really is--the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). We discover the day is coming when every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:11). We realize that God the Father has given Him supremacy over all creation (Colossians 1:18).
Every subsequent step in the Christian life involves obeying Jesus as Lord. The apostle John tells us, "We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands" (1 John 2:3). To the degree that we know and believe that Jesus is Lord, to that degree we obey Him. The Bible calls this "the fear of the Lord."
The fear of the Lord implies a deep reverence and awe of God--and a corresponding response of obedience. "Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands" (Psalm 112:1).
The Lord Jesus calls us not only to dream great dreams, to plan great plans, and to pray great prayers, but also to obey His great commands: "If you love me, you will obey what I command" (John 14:15). The Lord's commands are always great. He never gives little, puny suggestions.
Listen to His last words before His ascension: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." He is the Lord of lords. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20). As Lord, He has given us a great commission.
The Lord has not called us to sit around motionless. He's called us to action! Let's move ahead as His ambassadors and enjoy the excitement of obeying Him and inviting people to come into His kingdom. firstname.lastname@example.org