By Leonard Lauriault
Recent advertisements have asked questions or made statements about what you or I’ve got. The question came from two standpoints: either I’ve got something I know you’ll not want to be without or I want something I’m hoping you want to get rid of.
The first “Got” ad I remember is, “Got milk?” The implication is that milk is good so you’ll want to get it, if you haven’t already. I can go along with that. I like milk; it goes good with cookies and breakfast and is a great carrier for chocolate! Oh yeah! Milk also happens to be healthy, if taken in moderation (most of us don’t drink nearly enough of it to harm ourselves).
Another “Got” ad I’ve seen was a sign saying, “Got Land?” Someone wants to buy land, hopefully cheap, with the expectation of selling high. You may have just what he wants and he’s willing to pay his reasonable price to get it.
A third example of the “Got” ad used recently showed people going through life without concern about getting their taxes done on time and correctly because they, “Got people.” Whenever I saw those commercials, I envisioned a cell phone commercial showing a bunch of people on hand to support the customer.
All these uses of “Got” advertising point to the fact that people have wants. They want to be fed – to have their needs met. They want something stable, permanent, and having value – something solid, like land. They want to know that they’re not alone – that someone’s always ready, not to pick them up when they fall, but to keep them from falling to begin with, or to take the rap for making the mistakes. All of these needs – we want them because we need them – are met in one place, when we got God. (That’s another ad campaign I remember – “The one stop shopping place.”)
When we got God, he’s right there to lead us through our problems and keep us from falling (1 Thessalonians 5: 24; 1 John 1: 8, 9; 2 Timothy 2: 11-13; Hebrews 10: 19-23). And, it’s not just one that comes because God is plural (John 10; 27-30, 38; 14: 6-9; 2 Corinthians 3: 17, 18; Matthew 28: 20 – “name” is singular, but applies to all three entities). Because Jesus comes in that package, when we got God, we got the person who took the blame for us and keeps going to bat for us when we repent of our failures and seek forgiveness (1 Peter 2: 24; Romans 8: 31-34; Hebrews 7: 25). Also, when we got God, we got people. A whole slew of the living and dead also are ever-present to cheer us on (Hebrews 10: 24, 25; 11: 39-12: 1).
When we got God, he feeds us with his word (Matthew 4: 4; 1 Corinthians 3: 2; Hebrews 5: 11-14). When we taste that the Lord is good, we desire to learn more about him, craving his word like milk (1 Peter 2: 2; Job 23: 12).
When got God, we got a permanent place in his family and an inheritance that’s secure (John 8: 34-36; Galatians 3: 26-4: 7; Romans 8: 12-17; Acts 2: 38, 39). The inheritance is stable and of great value because it’s built on the solid Rock (Isaiah 26: 4; 1 Peter 2: 4-8; 1: 3-9; 1 Corinthians 3: 10-14; Matthew 24: 35; 16: 13-18).
While considering all the things Christians got, I remember another statement about athletes with natural ability – we got game. We also described these athletes as being fluid because they visualized the play beforehand – where the hole would open or how to get the best angle for the shot – and just flowed there. Even broken plays had no lasting negative effect.
That’s how it is with finely-tuned Christians. We’ll face some of the same difficulties as nonChristians, but if our lives are built on the foundation of Christ, we got God and we’re more able to go with the flow and ride out the tough times (John 16: 33; Romans 8: 28).
Christians know we’ve got something others would want to have, if they only realized its true value. While we don’t often know how to say it, we don’t want to keep it to ourselves (2 Kings 6: 24, 25; 7: 3-9; Acts 4: 17-20; 5: 29-32). So, here’s the question, “Got God?”
Leonard Lauriault, church of Christ