Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you believe that you have been called to serve our Lord with your life? If so, do you feel compelled to serve or are your merely honored so to serve? Knowing that Christ holds you to your service may make a difference in how your view that service.
My friend, lifes a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I began working part-time summers at the end of my sophomore year in High school. I was sixteen and a friend from school suggested I apply where he was working summers–Camp Lannon Fields. This was a dishwashing job primarily but we cut lawn, did some maintenance and other odd jobs as well. When I found out I was hired I was pretty excited. This was my first real job. It didn’t pay much since minimum wage in those days was a mere $1.10 an hour, but I knew that I might be able to afford buying a cheap used car if I stuck it out and did my job well. That happened by July. Before I started the job, however, I remember sitting down with my Mom and Dad to discuss this big change in my life. My Dad told me something that I’ll never forget. He told me that perhaps the biggest change in my life was not so much the fact that I now had an employer, or that I might be able to buy a car, but that I was responsible to the job five days a week, 8:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. Prior to this I had been responsible mostly to myself and to them; now I had newer and higher priorities that would consume my weekdays until school started again in the fall. I was now an employed worker and my life would probably never be the same again. Employment had captured me for perhaps the next fifty years or so, and for a moment I felt life would never be the same. I can testify today, fifty years later, it hasn’t.
When God calls you and I to serve him, the transition from Christian son or daughter to Christian worker employed by the God of the Universe is no less impacting on our lives. When that call goes out and by the Holy Spirit we are moved to transcend from Christian readiness to Christian service, God takes over completely and we are never the same. In that sense he apprehends our lives and there ought to be no looking back. Christian service is consuming and overarching.
Here’s a story. Forget about the concept of a town hall meeting to decide public policy. How about this instead? In Ancient Greece, to prevent idiotic statesmen from passing idiotic laws upon the people, lawmakers–legend has it–were asked to introduce all new laws while standing on a platform with a rope around their neck. If the law passed, the rope was removed. If it failed, the platform was removed. (Quality Press)
This Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 3:12: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Paul hear paints a picture of service that has captured him. He is in the grasp of the eternal Son of God and there will be no letting go as long as he keeps eyes forward. You and I stand on the gibbet of truth in that regard. Serving God with our lives is the most serious business we will undertake in life. If we look back and pine for a life of service we can pick and choose from, Christ’s grasp on us is precarious and the platform of our service becomes shaky. Know that Christ holds you to your service. Thank God, however, unlike that Greek politician, Christ will always be there to break your fall when you falter from duty. As well, the wages paid are never minimum as long as eternal life hangs in the balance for our service and those we serve.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for calling us to serve you and your church here on earth. Forgive us Father when we don’t take that service seriously or make it a lower priority in our daily lives. Remind us daily that being called to serve is serious business, business that will only be entrusted to Christians who don’t flinch or look back in regret. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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