It is that eerie sensation that seeps into the human heart when the realization that the passion for the project, the person or the purchase has lost some of its original gleam due to the passage of time, and perhaps even the accumulation of disappointment.
It happened to a disciple named Philip.
He was one of the fellows on the ground level of the Kingdom Movement. Matter of fact, it’s believed that he was a disciple of John the Baptist and popped up right after Jesus popped out of the Jordan River.
He was thrilled. He was one of five of the Apostles present for the changing of water to wine. He was so encompassed with the potential of this new experience that he sought out friends, like Nathaniel, and told them that the Messiah had been found, and “come and see.”
But two-and-a-half years later, when there were five thousand hungry men in front of him, and Jesus put him on the spot, asking how Philip intended to feed all those people, he freaked out, explaining that it was too expensive, and ended up feeling like a fool when Jesus found a way.
So on the night of the Last Supper, a weary, flustered and maybe even disillusioned Philip posed a suggestion:
“Show us the Father, Jesus, and it will be enough for us to continue to believe.”
He is rebuked.
Jesus asked him why, after all these years of being in the presence of the Teacher and the teaching, he did not realize that to be part of this beautiful anointing was to be with the Father.
Philip had buyer’s remorse. He was not alone.
- Judas betrayed Jesus in an extreme fit of buyer’s remorse.
- Peter denied and decided to go back to fishing before being personally interrupted by Jesus, once again on the seashore.
- And as you know, Thomas had his doubts.
This problem happens when what we expect is not delivered. It’s why many Christians have a Baptism certificate and a brief story of their salvation, but very little contentment brought about in their Earthly lives.
Jesus was both–he was both a Savior and a motivator.
Most of the churches in America preach him as a Savior. Those who don’t, but rather, present him solely as the motivator, fail to offer his saving grace and forgiveness. But it’s the balance.
Although your church will be quick to tell you what Jesus will do for you, they are not honest about what he will not do:
1. Jesus is not going to take away the problems.
He said, “In the world you have tribulation.” It’s not going away. But your defense is to be of good cheer.
2. Jesus is not going to do all the work.
He said, “You are the light of the world.” Men are going to see your good works. And it is up to each and every one of us to multiply our talents.
3. Jesus also wants us to know that salvation is not a one-time experience.
The remission of our sins is a cleansing, but we continue to experience the “graces of salvation” over and over again, as we walk faithfully through the power of the Gospel.
4. Jesus does not have favorites.
Although the religious system may tell you that the Jews are the “chosen people” or that Christians have become the new “royal priesthood,” Jesus said, “in the Kingdom of God there is neither Hebrew nor Greek, Jew nor Gentile.” God just does not look on the outward appearance.
5. So therefore, Jesus will not join you in hating people.
Matter of fact, if you make the foolish mistake of deciding that certain folks are lesser, those are the very ones he will expect you to love the most.
6. Jesus demands visual love.
Not the cursory spoken kind or the single hug during greeting time in the sanctuary, but the temperate, compassionate affection that we grant to one another when periods of craziness seem to make us intolerable.
Are you experiencing some buyer’s remorse?
Are you afraid to admit it?
If you’re smart, like Philip, and you decide to hang around, there is always the possibility of a resurrection … and being filled with the Holy Spirit.