Anything you can do…I can do better!
In junior high, I was forced into choir. Yes, forced – an elective I did not chose. Not much stands out to me about that class, except one song. It’s a song from the musical Annie Get Your Gun.
A song from a Broadway musical. This is why I tried to get out of choir as a junior high boy.
The song was “Anything You Can Do.” The key line from the song is, “Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you.” If you’re not familiar with it, take a look HERE.
Okay, girls and boys arguing about being better…as a junior high boy, there is not a much better song to learn. I thought I could do anything better than anyone else (especially girls!) – run, jump, throw, swim…even sing.
Better. It’s not just junior highers, we all want to be better. We all want better. We may not want to do the work to get better, but we definitely don’t want just good. We want better.
Jesus is better.
This week, we are reading through Hebrews, James and Mark on our march through the New Testament. Two things stand out to me as I read these large chunks of scripture in a short period of time.
- It’s a lot of reading.
- Themes stand out much more clear than when reading a chapter or passage at a time.
As I read Hebrews, one word kept jumping off the (digital) pages at me. I bet you’ve already guessed it…
Jesus is better. He’s better than angels. He’s better than Moses. He’s the better high priest. He’s the better covenant.
Jesus is better.
Better than good.
Let’s stop here for a second. Jesus isn’t better than horrible. Jesus is better than angels. Better than the most important person in the history of Israel (Moses). Better than the most holy person in the religion of Judaism (high priest). Jesus is better than the covenant God made with His people.
Those are all good things. Some may even say those are great things. Jesus is better.
Just as important, Jesus wants to make you better. He wants to make your life, marriage, family, job, calling, gifts and talents all better…whether they are horrible or good.
How to have better.
The way to better isn’t easy. It’s a simple concept but not easy to live out.
In his Gospel, Matthew (chapter 8) tells the story of a couple of guys who want to follow Jesus. Jesus responds, His isn’t a cush life – there is no place to rest your head…let the dead bury their own. The next line says, “Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.”
Better comes through discipleship. It’s not enough to follow. Better comes through laying down your life for Jesus – submitting to Him.
Nope, not easy…but better.