Wednesday, January 04, 2012


My, how language changes! Did you ever stop to consider the definition of this word that now, ahem, occupies our news each week? Consider Miriam-Webster's definition:
1: to engage the attention or energies of
2a: to take up (a place or extent in space) occupied> occupy this corner of the room> b: to take or fill (an extent in time) occupies all of my free time>
3a: to take or hold possession or control of occupied the ridge> b: to fill or perform the functions of (an office or position)
4: to reside in as an owner or tenant
The current proponents of this nefarious movement that has taken ownership of a once-lovely word only prefer two definitions of the four seen above. They want to take hold or possession or control of businesses that have been successful; or they want to take up space so that the businesses cannot function. They themselves do not invest their energies in the success they envy.
These who imagine themselves to be the 99% should read and heed the first definition more carefully.
While they--the 99%--"busy" themselves, plotting their next strategies before the 2012 elections, let me speak to Christ-followers. Jesus expects us to "occupy till he comes." That means he intends for us to engage and invest our energies in advancing the kingdom of God, which is the first definition before us. In case we have forgotten, may I remind you that Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world? While you are busy being salt and light in this world, do not forget that your purpose in being salt and light is not just to make the culture look like you would like to look; your purpose in being salt and light is to attract others to follow Christ, whose kingdom is a heavenly kingdom. I don't think the kingdom of God advances far if we invest our energies in shaping culture. Show culture-followers the light of Christ and some will leave that culture and follow him. Then and only then will your culture truly change.
Occupy. What definition will you choose with this word? Let's get busy for the King.

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