Give Your Life For Something
“I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less . . . because of what you are a part of.” (1 Corinthians 12:14a, 19 MSG)
Ramblings from Evan’s dad – Last evening a group of us guys from our Sunday Bible Study Class got together. We call it Iron Sharpening Iron and for 90 minutes we try to encourage each other, and hold each other accountable. Sam, one of the guys, asked this question from a book he is reading: “What’s your aim in your Christian walk – obedience, or excellence?”
At first some of us were confused thinking maybe we wanted to be both. Wouldn’t it be good to be an excellent Christian? We talked back and forth for 20 minutes. All of us being dads, we boiled it down to our children. Would we rather have them strive for excellence or obedience? (After all, we are all children of God.) We finally came to the conclusion that God would rather have us obedient.
By the world’s standards, many of the faithful named in the Bible, were in no way excellent. Stuttering Moses, doubting Thomas, co-dependent Samson, and hard headed Peter, are just a few who God used in spite of their imperfections.
We finally talked about the example Jesus gave us in His 33 years here. He consistently practiced obedience doing “His Father’s will”. Even to the point of dying a horrible death on the cross.
After reading 1 Corinthians 12, I don’t want to make the mistake of trying to be an excellent “body part”. What if I try to be an excellent eye, when God made me to be a foot? I’ve come to the conclusion in my Christian walk I want to be excellent…at obedience!…
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? (1 Corinthians 12:13b-19)