DayBreaks for 04/12/12 – All That’s Coming to Us

DayBreaks for 04/12/12 – All That’s Coming to Us

 

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 04/16/02:

“All I want is my fair share.”

How many times during your life have you heard someone say that?  Or, more significantly, how many times in your life have you said it?  We all what “our fair share”, don’t we?  It starts out when we are little children and we notice for the first time that mom or dad gave brother or sister a larger piece of cake, a bigger candy bar, or a fuller bowl of ice cream than we got.  And immediately, our instincts kick into full gear and we feel slighted, cheated, that the world has suddenly become a very unfair place!

Hello!  Welcome to reality!  The world IS a very unfair place…to Christians and to un-Christians alike.  In a strange way, curiosity starts this entire process.  We begin to wonder if someone is getting more of life’s good things than we are.  And it is pride that drives this curiosity.  It is nothing new to the twenty-first century, and this kind of thinking even existed in the days of the New Testament (in fact, we can even see it in operation with Adam and Eve wondering if they were getting all that they could or should be getting in the garden).

Calvin Miller, in The Unchained Soul, suggests: “This curiosity has us all wondering if we shall get ‘all that’s coming to us’.  We do this in front of the Savior.  Peter, after learning that he will be martyred, asks Christ as he points to John, ‘But Lord, what about this man?’  (John 21:21)  Spiritual one-upmanship reigned in his life!  Competition was his insatiable curiosity.  Peter wanted to be sure he got God’s best deal…Cain’s competition with Abel began in curiosity but ended in incrimination and murder.  It was Cain’s curiosity that kept asking, ‘How come Abel gets all the good deals in life?’  Curiosity not only killed the cat, it was the beginning of humanity’s competitive spirit.  It teaches us first to compete and later to hate…Our duty is to serve God and not be overtaken by undue concerns about others.”

What is amazing to me about all this is that we believe we are in a position to judge whether or not God is giving us the best deal!  We presume, by our judgment that others are getting more than we are, that we understand things better than God.  And we get upset, and like little children, stomp our feet on the floor and start to whine to God about “All I want is what’s coming to me!”

Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want what is coming to me.  I want what God is willing to give to me.  If He gave me what was coming to me, I’d spend eternity in hell, because as a sinner, that’s what should be coming to me!  But, praise God, because of His amazing mercy, God gives me much more than my fair share – He is building a mansion for me in heaven, he is going to take away all my tears, all my suffering, all my sadness.

I hope I never again feel as if I’m not getting my fair share.  What this world has to offer shouldn’t even be of interest to me.  My values and my treasure are to be in a far better place!

PRAYER: Thank You Almighty God, for Your unbelievably wonderful grace!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/23/11 – We Stand and Watch

DayBreaks for 11/23/11 – We Stand and Watch

We stand and watch...

3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” – Psalm 82:3-4

If you have been a Christian for a while, you’ve heard the story of the gospel over and over.  You know the entire story, you have all the information.  You’d think that it would be easy for us to see and recognize Christ at the King.  But do we?  How do you recognize Jesus as the King?  Or do you?  We American’s are an “independent, stand on our two feet, nobody tells us what to do, rugged” kind of people.  Because of that we may have trouble recognizing Jesus at times.

In Luke’s story of the crucifixion it seems that there is nobody on the scene who recognizes Jesus as the king.  As Luke weaves the story about those of his time, he has taken the liberty of painting us into the story as well.  He describes people who were there that day but who did nothing except to stand there and watch: And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” – Luke 23:35

Did you see yourself there?  “And the people stood by, watching.” That’s us, isn’t it?  All around us grinding poverty and immorality is slowly destroying our youth and we just stand by and watch, preferably from a safe distance, preferably from inside a gated community. We watch the world turn secular and get busier and busier – all while we know that there is a spiritual side to life but we just can’t seem to find a crack our tightly wound schedules to grow spiritually.  We think about a Bible study but just can’t tolerate the idea of one more thing to attend. We won’t even pull off the road to watch a sunset for fear that we will be late to the next appointment. In trying to do everything, we are doing nothing of lasting value for our souls. When a king passes by in your life, you don’t just stand and watch. You respond.

Have you seen the King?  Do you recognize Him?  Or do you just stand and watch, letting opportunities and life pass you by?

PRAYER: Lord, when we see you, help us recognize you and not be counted among those who “stand and watch!”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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