Jesus, Just Be Jesus

I was blessed to spend twelve days in Japan serving the Lord.  Over the following several blogs, I will share reflections written in Japan.  Hope they bless you.

Awakened at 5:00 AM, the thought occurred to me while praying that all our needs as we attempt to serve the Lord in Japan is for “Jesus, just be Jesus”.

I have had a recurring thought ever since saying yes to spend time with missionaries and pastors here in Japan.  I keep thinking “why me?”  

As I was on the airplane, I thought to myself, “Why are fellow servants willing  to spend so much money to fly me and our team to Japan?”  We are such ordinary people.  I have moments when I feel like I am not sufficient enough to do anything worthy of the commitment being made by Asian Access.

While on the plane, I watched the inflight movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  The story is about Bilbo Baggins accompanying a ragtag group of dwarfs and their king, Thorin II.  Bilbo joined the journey and its quest reluctantly.  He had feelings of inadequacy and wondered what he could possibly do to assist the dwarfs on their impossible mission.

As I watched the plot unfold, I realized that I was feeling like Bilbo Baggins (it’s a bit unsettling comparing oneself to a Hobbit since my feet are not that hairy).  I had feelings of inadequacy and doubt in my mind and heart.  I do not want this mission to be a waste of time for everyone involved. 

This morning, I realized that all I need is for Jesus just to be Jesus.  All our team needs is for Jesus just to be Jesus.

In the movie, Bilbo and the others depended on Gandalf, the wizard.  They felt confident in his presence because of what he could do. 

Bilbo had Gandalf…we have Jesus…no comparison whatsoever.  Relative to Jesus, Gandalf has no power.

This morning, I claimed the verse, “’My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me… for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9, 10c 

Indeed, when we are weak or having feelings of inadequacy, we are in a position of strength because of the unsurpassed strength and power of Jesus.  All we need is for Jesus just to be Jesus.

So, I begin this journey filled with confidence, not in my own power or strength, but in the power and strength of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus.

All any of us need is “Jesus, just be Jesus”.

Something to think about…