The Best Gift for Christmas…No Really

Posted: November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Several years ago, Dr. Paul Hill and Dr. David Anderson wrote the book “Frogs Without Legs Can’t Hear,” in it they challenged the church to return to its roots of making disciples—they began with the following story:
A mad scientist wanted to do an experiment to learn about the leaping abilities of a frog and he carefully placed the frog on the laboratory table and shouted, “Jump Frog Jump.” The frog jumped and then the scientist measured the distance, but because he was mad he surgically removed one of the legs and then placed the frog on the table again and once again shouted, “Jump Frog Jump.” Measuring the new distance he then repeated the whole process until the frog no longer had any legs. Carefully placing the legless frog on the laboratory table our mad scientist shouted, “Jump Frog Jump,” the frog didn’t move an inch this time. The mad scientist examining his data concluded, “Frogs without legs can’t hear,” never mind that the very ability to jump was taken away by each passing moment our mad scientist conducted his experiment!

Today 20% of our country is what USA TODAY calls the “nones,” they believe in nothing at all when it comes to God. They are missing out on the greatest news in all of history. In another study we learn that among men in their twenties 90% never step inside a church, and among twenty something women that number is slightly ‘better’ with 75% staying away. Too often we conclude the answer is better programs instead of noticing the glaring truth right in front of us, our frog has no legs!

In other words, Jesus commands the church—that’s you and me in our homes, places of work, in our spheres of influence and beyond—to make disciples by teaching and proclaiming the good news of Jesus. Frogs were designed by our creator to jump, you and I are designed by that same creator to tell the world about a Savior that loves us so much. The greatest gift you can give those around you this Christmas is the good news that, “For God so loved the world he gave his only Son and whoever should believe in him will have eternal life.” (John 3:16) People of God, our creator is shouting to us, “Go” and He promises to be with us! Merry Christmas!

  1. “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters,” Matt. 12:30 NIV 1984.

  2. an encouragement to keep fighting the good fight ah?

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