DayBreaks for 5/24/18: Less or More?
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2008:
How are the old bones doing these days? Are you creaking just a bit more than you did a couple of years ago? How’s the muscle tone? Still got those six-pack abs that you had when you were in college? Does that old wedding dress or tuxedo still fit you perfectly? Is the hair as thick as it once was? How about the color of your hair these days? Has the old “get up and go” gotten up and gone somewhere and left no forwarding address?
If so, you’re being Biblical!!!! The apostle Paul aptly described our physical condition in 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV) when he wrote: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
How are you doing with Paul’s statement, “we do not lose heart”? Paul was describing his outward condition and the sufferings he’d been placed under for his stand for the faith. It seems to me that many (including myself from time to time) lose heart as we see our bodies failing with higher frequency and greater severity. My medicine cabinet has been pretty full of medications since my bypass surgery at 49 years of age. I can only look forward to it getting even more congested as time passes and other things start to go bonkers on me. It would be easy to lose heart – if my physical body is all that constitutes “me.”
But Paul goes on to point out that though we are physically wasting away, inwardly we are not. Inwardly we can be renewed day by day. Eugene Peterson in Run With the Horses said it very well: “One of the supreme tasks of the faith community is to announce to us early and clearly the kind of life into which we can grow, to help us set our sights on what it means to be a human being complete. Not one of us, at this moment, is complete. In another hour, another day, we will have changed. We are in process of becoming either less or more. There are a million chemical and electrical interchanges going on in each of us this very moment. There are intricate moral decisions and spiritual transactions taking place. What are we becoming? Less or more?”
In response to his own question, Peterson notes that 1 John 3:2 gives us the answer: Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. We are children; we will be adults. We can see what we are now; we are children of God. We don’t yet see the results of what we are becoming, but we know the goal, to be like Christ, or in Paul’s words, to arrive at mature manhood, to the measure of the statue of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:13)
“We do not deteriorate. We do not disintegrate. We become.” – Eugene Peterson
How’s your “becoming”?
PRAYER: What wonderful news, Father, that we don’t deteriorate spiritually – but that we are becoming mature persons in Christ! Shelter us safe as we grow and get strong in You, even as our bodies get weak and fail. Help us to remember that we are not destined for deterioration, but for becoming! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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