Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? Did you know that Jesus desires high-performance disciples but most often starts with a low performance model? Are you really nothing more than a nice little Pontiac wanting to be a GTO?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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Over the years I’ve owned many cars; but only one Muscle Car. My 1966 Pontiac Lemans didn’t begin life that way, however, as it lacked the power of a GTO, its muscle car big brother, as well as the other trappings of a GTO. The bodies of both cars were identical however. My Lemans came with a stock 326 V-8 under the hood and a 3-speed automatic transmission. A comparable GTO packed a 389 with a growl and could be optioned for the same transmission. The GTO came with mock hood scoops; additional cosmetic differences were the grill, taillights, trim and badges. When my 326 engine gave out about a year after purchase, I decided to transform it into a GTO by dropping in a 389 V-8, installing fake hood scoops, exchanging grills, taillights and badges, splitting the tailpipes into dual exhausts, adding rally wheels and tires and, basically, transforming it into a high-performance GTO look-a-like that would always be a Lemans in hiding.
Did you know that Jesus desires high-performance disciples as well but most often starts with a low performance model?
Here’s a thought from Tim Hansel. (If Jesus has submitted discipleship resumes to a modern-day management consultant.) (Regarding) the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization . . . most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. . . Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew had been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale. One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. . . Jordan Management Consultants (Tim Hansel, Eating Problems for Breakfast, Word Publishing, 1988.)
The remarkable thing about discipleship in Christ is this: we all start out as unsuitable in the eyes of the world. I guess you could say that we’re all nice little Pontiacs but not high-performance GTOs. We really have no natural ability to be high-performance gospel stars. Telling others about Christ? Serving others in the name of Christ? Bearing all things because of Christ? These are high-performance characteristics of powerful Christianity none of us have by nature. As Jesus’s disciples traipsed along with Jesus, listening to his teaching and muddling through discipleship, they were revved up, but didn’t have that powerful spiritual growl, nor any of the identifying accouterments that mark a high-performance disciple of Christ. They achieved high performance, as will we, only through a transformation that reminds us we’re something less becoming something more, something somewhat useless becoming something quite useful. To God be the glory.
We pray. Thank you Lord for making us into something powerful despite our inability to have or be that power on our own. Forgive us when we brand ourselves with power and usefulness that can only come from the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and not ourselves. May we always remember that our lives are all about becoming and not about being. 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. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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