My friend, may I ask you a question? Is the sole value for our existence that God would help Himself to our lives? Or are we more concerned with our own ideas of what we are going to be?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
In just a few weeks it will be time for Easter Dinner. Christians will celebrate the atonement of Jesus Christ our Lord and a big part of that celebration will be food. From Easter eggs on Easter morning to the the traditional ham and potatoes dinner in the afternoon, people will be eating. Every year at the Brunner house Holly prepares a wonderful smoked ham with the fixings and all in the family who can make it home to Beech Springs–do. Just like Christmas Day, everything is special for this dinner. The tablecloth is the holiday one and the best wine glasses are on the table. The food is served on platters and there may even be cloth table napkins for this meal. The best silverware and china is out and when the food is served and the carved ham brought to the table, it’s all as pretty as a picture; that is till the prayer is given and the command to “help yourself” comes from the head of the table. It isn’t long before bowls are emptied, the platter is barren and the picture of what is to be eaten is no longer important.
The pretty picture of the food had a purpose–to look nice prior to the feasting. Once helping yourself started and the food surrenders, that didn’t matter any more. The real purpose of the food was edifying and not looks. In some ways I think that’s how God views you and I. We are offerings whose real purpose is for God to help himself to a discipleship feast.
Oswald Chambers writes. “Will I surrender to Jesus Christ, placing no conditions whatsoever as to how the brokenness will come? I must be broken from my own understanding of myself. When I reach that point, immediately the reality of the supernatural identification with Jesus Christ takes place. And the witness of the Spirit of God is unmistakable . . . The passion of Christianity comes from deliberately signing away my own rights and becoming a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Until I do that, I will not begin to be a saint. (our) sole value for existence is for God to help Himself to lives. Will we allow Him to help Himself to us, or are we more concerned with our own ideas of what we are going to be?” (My Utmost for His Highest, November 3)
In his letter to the Galatians the Apostle Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)” The question is, where is your passion for Christ? If it’s based on your willingness to be available, with the hope that life will just go on for the most part, you might be surprised when God decides to help himself to you whenever he chooses. You and I are here to be used, consumed and often pulled from our safe corners. That’s our purpose. We aren’t here to be ornaments, but sacrifices. A Christian lives in Christ not just for him. For God it’s a matter of helping himself to our talents and abilities when and where he pleases. We really have little to say about it because we are a feast that will be sacrificed. If we are more concerned for what we want, our time will be short; about as short as the sliced ham?
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for creating us as disciples to be used, not to be placed on shelves to admire. Forgive us Lord when we try to hide ourselves from the work that needs to be done because we think that being a believer is all the work we need to do. Help us to remember Lord that we are here to be the main course, consumed by you. 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. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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