My friend, may I ask you a question? How important is humiliation necessary to the process of being a disciple of Jesus Christ? Should you and I be focused on the thrill of being called in order to experience spiritual success? Where does God’s glory fit into our abilities?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
When I was in High School I was a runner, a pretty good runner. I could do a mile on a cider track under 5:40. That wasn’t a bad time; in no way record setting or, for that matter, really that competitive, but for me that was a decent time. I am told that most people my age would be satisfied with a time under nine minutes. For me, however, that’s highly unlikely. I carry a lot more weight now and have heart disease. On top of that I have replacement knees that work well but aren’t as pliable as the real thing. I was curious the other day, nonetheless, just to see if I could run at all. Last summer proved that I could under adverse and dire circumstances as I happened into a bunch of hornets and the adrenaline rush put me in motion for a short distance. To start from a dead start predisposed to run is a different matter altogether. Without adrenaline it’s very difficult. Out of curiosity the other day I tried, but got only a sort of leaden trot out of it. I was satisfied though as it was a better gauge of competitive ability than being chased by a bunch of bees. If I ever was going to run a cinder track again there would be no adrenaline to assist me either.
My current style of running is fairly humiliating and I would feel a bit self-conscious should anyone be watching. It’s awkward and humbling to say the least. It’s genuine though, and more indicative of whatever everyday ability I have to run. Humiliation is necessary to the process. It's necessary in similar fashion in regard to whatever natural ability we have to serve the Lord.
Here’s a thought from Oswald Chambers: “. . . it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the mount, but we never live for His glory there. It is in the sphere of humiliation that we find our true worth to God, that is where our faithfulness is revealed.” (Today in the Word.)
Mark 9:22 reads. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity and help us.” This came out of the mouth of a father who had witnessed a futile attempt by Jesus’ disciples to cast out a demon possessing his son. What was wrong with this picture? The disciples had tried to take out the spirit by an adrenalin rush of believing. They had abandoned the humiliation of prayer for the rush of a glorious cure. It didn’t work. It doesn’t work for us either when it comes to doing God’s bidding. The humiliation of the valley, a place where prayer and supplication dwell, is where we need to be in order to make sure that all the glory is the Lord’s. Our spiritual ability is dependent on Christ without an adrenaline rush of a calling.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for the many opportunities that you give us to witness for our faith in Jesus Christ. Forgive us Lord when we forget that all we do we do to your glory, and that every witness, every opportunity to serve you, ought to begin with prayer that you receive the glory. Waiting for a mountaintop experience in order to witness or serve is not the way to glorify you; may we never forget this. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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