“Show me the money!"-Cuba Gooding Jr. from the movie Jerry Maguire
Sports agent Jerry Maguire is desperate to keep as many clients as possible on the day he has been fired. He’s on the phone with the only client who is willing to stay with him. Rod Tidwell played by Cuba Gooding Jr., an outspoken NFL receiver who expects a lot from his agent, is on the other end of the line. He says to Jerry “You want to be my agent?” “I’m gonna tell you how you can do that.” “Show me the money!”
I wonder sometimes. Does God ever feel like that with us? Does He observe our lives thinking “You say you represent me?” “Well, show me”. James 1:22 (NASB) But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. We accept, believe and follow. But it doesn’t end there. Our lives should be a reflection of that acceptance, belief and following. Who we are should show in everything we do.
Galatians 6:10 (NASB) So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of )the faith
We give to the needy; money, clothes, or time. We serve in our churches; Sunday school, various committees, even administrative work. We volunteer outside of church in our community. All these are good things. God calls us to love Him by loving others. Volunteering and service are wonderful ways to show who we are as believers. I am in no way saying that these are worthless things. I’m simply saying that it is not just about the outward things we do that are good. What about all the other times? You know what I mean. The times when no one is watching. Are we good even then?
Luke 6:45 (NASB) The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
My daughter was watching one of her favorite TV shows one day. They don’t do any new versions of this show so she has found repeat episodes on a different channel. Well this other channel is a channel designed for teens. One day while she was watching the show she liked, I noticed that she kept changing the channel throughout the episode. Back and forth between one show and another show. Finally, being the mom that I am I said to her “Why do you keep changing the channel so much?” “Can you just make up your mind which show you are watching?” She told me she wasn’t watching both shows. Since her favorite show was on the “teen” channel, the commercials they were showing were advertising a show that she did not watch because of the content. She said even the commercials were not good and she didn’t want to watch them. She would switch to another channel during the commercials to avoid seeing something she didn’t think she should see.
Wow. It took my 13 year old to open my eyes to the idea that we may not always be showing God our best behavior. I could learn a lot from her.
We forget that everything we do is done before the eyes of God. It’s not just the outward work of being good that matters to Him. It is also what is inside of us. Because whether we want to admit it or not, it is what’s inside of us that governs what we do. Our actions and behavior will always “show Him the money.”
And guess what? He isn’t the only one who is watching. 1 Peter 2:12 (NASB) Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation
Yup. As if it isn’t difficult enough. The world is watching and asking us to “show them the money” too. They’re waiting to see if this “Christian” thing is real or just an act. Our actions have the potential to be used for His kingdom. Our behavior in any given situation could mean someone being open to Jesus.
Talk about added pressure!
It doesn’t mean it will be easy. It’s rarely easy. There are a few things we can remember that will help.
Romans 12:12 (NASB) rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer
1. Rejoicing in hope- We are forgiven. The sacrifice of Jesus is our hope and we can be joyful because of that truth.
2. Persevering in tribulation-We keep going. There will be times when we will mess up. Our judgment may be off or we may have a moment of weakness. When that happens, go back to the beginning of this list.
3. Devoted in prayer- Pray continually. Stay connected with God regularly. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Prayer is how we are able to persevere.
We are God’s agent, His representatives to the world. What we do with our actions, our words and our behaviors shows a lot.
We have an opportunity everyday to show those around us Jesus.
Even if it is just our own family.