I was asked several months ago to review a book that was released last October called Jesus Prom, by Jon Weece. I didn’t quite understand the book at first glance, to be honest. I mean, what does prom have to do with Jesus, anyway? But after reading this book, I must say that Jesus has a lot to do with the kind of prom Jon’s talking about. You see, Jon pastors a church in Kentucky, and he and his people throw a party every year for two thousand mentally and physically challenged adults. They call it “Jesus Prom.”
Jon uses this example as a metaphor of the message he shares throughout the book. In Jesus Prom, Jon calls attention to many verbs we, as Christ followers, ought to be acting upon. “Nouns need verbs,” Jon says, and I believe he’s right. We (the nouns) need to do stuff (the verbs). The Christian life, after all, is not intended to be passive, but active!
We ought to be doing the very things Jesus did, by the power of His Spirit. We are called to do the Word, not simply hear it. And so we emulate our God with verbs like love (v.), be (v.), see (v.), rest (v.), die (v.), dance (v.), give (v.), go (v.), remember (v.), receive (v.), and more.
Jon gives readers a wonderful example to follow. It’s time to be the Church, in every way. We are the light of the world. Let’s let our light shine and do some verbs.