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I think that the main idea of this comic strip is to put aside any kinds of rules that might be stuck in your mind about gifts and giving. You may even want to check way back and deep down. (I know I did!)
It wasn’t until I had a “Words Of Christ In Red” Bible that this next verse really stood out. It’s in the middle of what seems like page after page of black text except for some words that Jesus said to Paul.
…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 (KJV)
The other thing that makes these words stand out for me, besides being surrounded by all of that black text, is that it is not a direct quote in the context of events. The writer of Acts is reminding us of what Jesus said, perhaps because these words are not found in the four gospel accounts.
When it comes to giving and gifts, I think that the reason you’re more blessed when you give than when you receive is because when you are giving, you are acting like Our Heavenly Father. He gives abundantly those things which are good for us and which glorify Him.
What does Our Heavenly Father see when we are more desperately enthusiastic to give than to receive? Hmm…That’s when I think we look a lot like Jesus.
I know this probably sounds simplistic and way too much like a children’s Sunday School lesson, but it’s something that I needed to remind myself of this morning. Maybe I will have more astute and “adult” content tomorrow? Please bear with me! Caleb Joseph is doing his best to convince his mother that a chemistry set would be both good for him (help him to be a Junior Inventor) and glorify God (by doing using it in a Sunday School lesson). I’m afraid I see way too much of myself in Caleb Joseph today!
In thinking about “What are you seeking?” And why this is such a profound question for Jesus to ask, I have been focusing on the individual answers rather than the general condition. Today’s comic strip seeks fill in that gap a little. Seeking is the general condition of all humankind. “Everybody’s Lookin’ For Something.” That’s not a bad thing. It’s part of the way that God designed us.
Sometimes Laser Eyes Jesus says things that aren’t at all what Real Life Jesus would say, but this time, I think he’s speaking from his own experience and may be on to something. We also get an idea of what “Laser Eyes Jesus: The Early Years” may have been like.
People had already determined what they wanted before they went to see and hear Laser Eyes Jesus. They had their “list of three wishes” all prepared. Maybe they thought that since he had these remarkable laser eyes, he could give them something from their list. If not, well then, at least he put on a good show.
People didn’t really care what he had to say because they had already made up their own wisdom and purpose and answers to fit their wishes. They only were willing to listen to words that would help get their wishes fulfilled.
People had already determined what they wanted before they went to see and hear Laser Eyes Jesus, and when they didn’t get what they wanted, they abandoned him. “Everybody wants to be a rockstar.”
Didn’t the same thing happen with Real Life Jesus? Doesn’t the same thing still happen today?
Maybe this little comic strip summarizes all of humankind, not because it’s brilliant (which it’s not), but because it’s really just an echo of Adam and Eve in the Garden Of Eden and their search for wisdom and purpose and answers based on a deeper “wish” to be granted: to be like God (or “just like a rockstar, baby!”)
Whether you believe we started with Adam and Eve or evolved from apes, all of humankind is born wanting to have a life where they are first in line “just like a rockstar, baby!” (however each one may personally define it). But Real Life Jesus never promised this first in line spot to anyone who was seeking it.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Matthew 19:30 (KJV)
You may notice this face as that of a new character introduced in yesterday’s post for “The Lloyd Servant Show.” His face was drawn beat up and his posture beat down. He’s the kind of person who makes me wonder “What are you seeking?”
Why this man would open up in this way is uncertain, though I’d like to believe that even the roughest exterior and most hardened heart holds on to a small amount of hope that one day somehow they will be able to find what they are seeking.
I believe, or I want to believe, that Jesus can work in the life of a man like this to make him the kind of man that someone would want to have coming home to them at the end of the day, and it would be the kind of someone he imagines.
While I don’t want to believe that anyone is hopelessly lost when it comes to knowing Jesus in a real way, I think it may be possible that some of a person’s hopes may become hopelessly lost because of decisions that they have made. It’s sort of like Jesus can remove all of our sins, but not necessarily all of the consequences of our sins…things like his beaten up nose and cuts from barroom brawls and who knows what else.
Still, I can envision this man with a kinder heart and a gentler disposition created through a living and vital relationship with Jesus.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:27 (KJV)
So perhaps the hopes and dreams of his youth can be replaced by new hopes and dreams for the new creation that he can become in Christ?
Maybe sometimes we need to let go of old worn-out hopes and dreams so that they can pass away in order to see Jesus more clearly and then He can give us new hopes and dreams?
Today’s installment ties up some of the loose ends from yesterday. Bradley Martin, “Lloyd Servant, Your Servant Of The Lloyd,” no longer has to worry about “the Kid” being quiet about what happened to Billie, but this new shadowy character seems to know a great deal more than even the reporter!
Both Bradley and Bradeena seem to be oblivious to possibility that since Betty May Butler disappeared, she can also reappear! But I’m getting ahead of myself!
There are two very true statement in today’s comic strip about theology. First, it can be used to sell “a load of junk.” Second, it makes people think. “Lloyd Servant” has to give people something to believe (and perhaps fear) in order to sell his “load of junk,” but it can’t be so involved that it actually makes people think about God.
There’s definitely more to come! In the meantime, I’d seriously like some reader input to further the plot. Here’s a question that I’m posing to all of my readers for comment: If you were to pick one thing that would be the biggest and most spiritually dangerous lie about God currently circulating, what would that be? (There are probably quite a few!)
Your responses may be incorporated into future installments of “The Lloyd Servant Show.” I have a general idea where I want to go with his brand of theology, but it’s always fun for me to see how I can work your ideas into the plot as well!
“The events depicted in this comic strip are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental.”