I love that scene in the movie ‘Elf’ when Will Farrell learns that Santa is coming tomorrow. He jumps up and down clapping his hands “Santa is coming!! Santa is coming!!” And then he announces in a loud and proud voice “I know him.”
I wonder why I don’t do this? I know Him! I know Jesus and He’s coming. I know He is.
But am I willing to be the strange one — the Will Farrell like character who is so different? Am I willing to just embrace the glory of God and release the glory of man?
I would love to tell you YES!! I can do this!! But I struggle. I want people to like me. I want to fit in. I’m no different than the people of Jesus’ day.
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God. John 12:42-43 (NIV)
I’m afraid of getting kicked out of the club — now, I know Christianity is not a club, but I’ve been known to treat it that way.
God is doing a work on me to live out my faith the way He wills it and not the way I best see it fitting into the world I live in.
It’s not an easy thing – but I want shout it out — I KNOW HIM!!! to all around me.