“The ‘Reading Survey’ Strategy”


In looking at this comic strip, I’m reminded how much I’ve enjoyed “I Love Lucy” episodes. The plot is almost always the same: Lucy comes up with a crazy scheme to get what she wants, Ethel goes along with it, then Ricky and Fred find out about it, and they all have a big laugh in the end.

Maybe one of the reasons “I Love Lucy” is so popular is that we see ourselves in Lucy, maybe just a little, when she tries one of her crazy schemes.

So what do you think? Would you try a crazy scheme if you thought it would get you what we wanted? Well, actually that would be a good definition for “lie”…“a crazy scheme to get us what we want.”

Here is an important verse about being saved.

because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 (RSV)

The word “confess” is a lot more than just “saying” (or in this comic strip “reading”). For me, it’s more of an ongoing, everyday sort of thing. I’m wondering if maybe “confess that Jesus is Lord” just might also mean “in all that you say.” Is that possible?

Like when I tell you “Good morning!” do those words have “Jesus is Lord” as the driving force of my heart? Or am I just saying it because it’s the thing to say so I can get on with my day? (That’s the lie part.)

Or when I tell you “I can help you with that” do those words have “Jesus is Lord” as the driving force of my heart? Is that my motivation for helping you? Or am I just hoping that you’ll help me in return? (That’s the lie part.)

What if the driving force and motivation, behind all that we do is maybe an unspoken personal confession that “Jesus is Lord”?!?

4 thoughts on ““The ‘Reading Survey’ Strategy”

  1. I’m reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:31 which tells us to do all things to the glory of God (paraphrasing). Our relationship with Christ should never be about “fire insurance” (as my Grandma calls it) or a way to glorify self. I like what you said about a “driving force” behind our actions. And ultimately, we do need to put our faith into practice on a daily basis.

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