Jesus in a Box

I stood out front of the hospital. We waited for an update on my father-in-law after a recent fall. I walked outside to get a breath of fresh air and stretch my legs. Nothing seemed severe, but we still waited for all the test results before we could relax. Off to the side of the entrance, I noticed some workers boxing up something. Their work piqued my interest during the boredom of the moment, so I walked closer. In the box, I saw a statue of Jesus wrapped in bubble paper. I stepped back trying to understand the scene before me. I think I let out a small gasp as the men turned to look at me. One of them spoke, “The hospital doesn’t need the statue any longer, so it is going to a new place.” I nodded and headed back inside. The family all laughed as I retold the story. The imagery of the Jesus statue all boxed up and the stress of the situation provided us the relief that comes from laughter.

Mark 8:36 “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

As God sometimes does, He takes a memory and teaches me something from it. I found the statue in the crate as one of these teaching moments. Do we keep Jesus in a box? Do we try to limit His impacts on our daily schedules? Some people think if they keep Christ restrained, they can live a life similar to the secular world. Those type of people feel secure in their Christianity as long as they attend church regularly and pray for forgiveness. Some people box God into Sundays and don’t acknowledge Him the rest of the week. Do you remember the old bumper stickers that stated: “God is my co-pilot.” Many Christians still want to pilot their destiny. But is that how God wants us to relate to Him?

Some people box God into Sundays and don't acknowledge Him the rest of the week. Click To Tweet

Matthew 10:38 “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”

God created us for a relationship with Him. But, He also created us to serve His purpose in the world. The Great Commission Bible verse found in Matthew 28:19-20 sums up God’s purpose for us, to bring others to Christ. But what does God want in our relationship with Him? Let’s look at how to strengthen my relationship with Him.

God created us for a relationship with Him. Click To Tweet

1) Talk with God daily. Relationships involve communications, and the way to communicate with God is through prayer. If you don’t know what to say, start with the Lord’s Prayer. Over time, prayer becomes more natural as we grow comfortable with sharing our thoughts and feelings with Christ.

2) Read the Bible daily. The words of the Bible are one way that God speaks back to us. But if we are not reading it, then how will we know what He is saying to us. Many apps and websites offer a new verse each day, and this can be a great way to start.

3) Become part of a small group. Find a Sunday School class or small Bible study group that will help you grow in your faith and hold you accountable for your growth in Christ.

4) Memorize a few Bible verses. When you come across a scripture that speaks to you, commit it to memory. I find it helpful to recall verses when I am stressed or feeling lost. My life verse, the one I go to in time of troubles, is Romans 8:28.

Matthew 28:19-20 “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

God does not want us to box Him up and only interact with Him on Sundays. He wants a daily relationship with us. Unpack the crate and invite Him in. Christ is waiting; He stands at the door and knocks. All we have to do is open the door.

God is knocking on the door. Who will answer? Click To Tweet

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

 

 

24 thoughts on “Jesus in a Box

  1. dianesponderings – I am a Christian, a wife, mother, grandmother, and author of two books, Pathways of the Heart and All That Matters. Both are Biography/Memoir about a remarkable woman whose search for true love was a journey through heartbreak, tragedy, and redemption. Besides a completed Christian Romance novel, my current fiction WIP is set in Minnesota in the 1850's and is about the daughter of the local doctor and the son of a Chippewa Tribal chief. My husband and I work in youth and adult ministries. We reside in Florida and Missouri. May God bless each of you.
    dianesponderings

    Thank you for your blog, Yvonne, and the reminder to keep Jesus visible at all times. God knows our inner most thoughts, so that just makes praying easier. There’s no pretense. We can be who we are before Him and use our own words. There are no magic words or way to say them; no excuse for not having a relationship with Him.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Great points so thanks for adding your comments

  2. adaughtersgiftoflove – I'm a Christian writer and I love music and art. I am hoping to encourage everyone to follow their dreams and trust Jesus, keeping with the theme of teaching women to rest and receive His peace. He gets the glory!
    adaughtersgiftoflove

    I would have had to ask where they were taking Him or could I have Him. When my garden statue got broken, I kept it. It kept getting weed whacked but not by me. I put it in the garage and then my mother hit it with the door. I had to let it go, it was so hard too, it became a blog post of mine. I know it’s not the real one, just representative of how much I loved HIm. To anyone keeping Him boxed, let out to love you.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I think they were taking it to a church. This one was huge, probably ten feet tall. Good job on tweeting about it, God shows us so much through events in our lives. God bless

      1. adaughtersgiftoflove – I'm a Christian writer and I love music and art. I am hoping to encourage everyone to follow their dreams and trust Jesus, keeping with the theme of teaching women to rest and receive His peace. He gets the glory!
        adaughtersgiftoflove

        I thought He might have been just being stored away. Good to know.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      And His love changes our lives. Thanks for commenting and God bless

  3. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    I know a LOT of people who put God in a box by “theories of men”, for example. Since I am a Christian Apologist, I see this regularly. Atheists put God in a box by demanding some kind of sign in the sky (or whatever) to prove His existence. They are not satisfied with the evidence of the historical event of the Resurrection or by anyone’s personal testimony. What I’ve discovered is that when you put God in a box, He generally stays there; not because He is unable to do otherwise. It’s because of our limiting belief, or our sense of entitlement (I want a sign!) that He will remain just where we put Him sometimes. That is why it is imperative to get to know who He is by reading the Word of God. You learn more about who He is, what He can do, and just how Holy He is, and then, hopefully, that box will break open. (For those who don’t think the Bible is inspired, well, that is another story, and there is not room enough here to address that.) Thanks for the post!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Great explanation and thanks so much for adding it. God bless

  4. Yes, Yvonne! Love this analogy! We do attempt to box Jesus up except on Sundays or to keep Him at bay while we try to live on our own power and opinions.

    But we fail every time. We cannot be good on our own or get it right on our own.

    God’s goodness doesn’t fit in our proverbial good box. Even if we could stuff Him there and manage to squeeze on the lid, the box would burst open the seams, breaking it into smithereens.

    God can’t be placed in a box.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks for adding your thoughts Karen. God bless

  5. Hi like your story about the Jesus statue in the box. It’s a rather accurate analogy of many believers’ relationship with the Lord! When we allow Him to be the Pilot, that’s when life changes for the better!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen

  6. Annie Rim – Denver – Welcome! I live in Colorado with my family and have taught in the classroom, at an art museum, and now in the playroom. I reflect about life, faith, and books here on my blog.
    Annie Rim

    Yes! When I neglect my relationship with God, I know I put him in a box, wanting my own goals and purposes. When I walk alongside and daily seek that relationship, I find myself seeing God’s works more clearly.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So true for so many of us.

  7. I just love the thought of you walking out at the right moment to see them boxing Jesus up. What a great way to walk us through the idea of making Christ king, not an add-on. Thank you for your faithful reminder to walk with him every day.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks

  8. Heather Hart – Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award winning author, book lover, author coach at TrainingAuthors.com and owner of BooklyBooks.com. With the heart of an author, she enjoys working from home where she spends her days typing away at her computer, brainstorming new marketing ideas, reading new books, and encouraging those around her. Heather's desire is to help others successfully publish and market their books while continuing to author, contribute to, and market multiple book marketing and faith-based books herself - and to have fun doing it! In her free time Heather writes and edits devotions for teens girls for the website, FindYourTrueBeauty.com and volunteers for multiple other Christian websites. When she's not reading, writing, or marketing, Heather loves spending time outdoors and seeing God's beautiful creation all around her. Heather lives in Texas with her husband, Paul, and their four energetic children.
    Heather Hart

    I love that we have an out of the box Savior! But too often, we do put Him in a box, and set it on a shelf. Only opening it when it’s conveneint. But Jesus was never meant to be like that. He is an all consuming Savior that rules our hearts and minds every moment of every day.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Heather. You are so right

  9. Edna Davidsen – Greenland – How to use Twitter? ★ Twitter Expert ★ Twitter Consulting ★ Twitter Trainer ★ Twitter Coach ★ Personal Branding ★ Social Media Marketing ★ Christian Blogger ★ Jesus Follower ★ Webdesign ★ Web-developing
    Edna Davidsen

    Dear Yvonne!

    Thank you for sharing. Sure, Jesus can use anything to teach us what we need to know.

    Agree, speaking with God daily is needed. And it’s also what gives us power to propel forward.

    With love,
    Edna Davidsen

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Edna. I appreciate your feedback

  10. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Great post, Yvonne! You do such a great job catching those everyday moments and grasping the lesson. Thank you for sharing this universal truth for human beings. We get so busy and wrapped up in our lives that we stick Jesus in the box wrapped in bubble wrap. Thanks for the reminders. Talk to him – we’re in relationship. So essential! Thanks!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      You are welcome and thanks Melinda

  11. Chaplapreneur – Plano, TX – My name is Aaron Mitchell. I am an author, speaker and chaplapreneur.
    Chaplapreneur

    I think it is funny that the hospital said they didn’t need Jesus anymore. I have met many people who are successful and often it is one or the other extremely. There is humility that Christ, brought them this far, there is also a moment for some when they seem to say. I will take it from here Jesus.

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