Christianity 201

August 30, 2016

Settling for Less than All

A fuller title might be, Settling for Less than All Christ Desires for Me.

Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
 – Romans 12:11, Berean Study Bible

This is a little different from what we normally do here and you need to click to look up some of the scriptures. When I saw this I thought it would fit well here.

We’re also breaking our six-month rule here since we’ve included Alabama pastor Scott McCown here on six other occasions, the last just a month ago.  So I hope you’ll visit his blog, The Morning Drive, or click the title below.

 

 The World’s ______

This weekend while at a “superstore,” I walked past the back to school / college section. I was not looking for anything in that section but something caught my eye. I had to do a double-take. A cup that read, “World’s Okayest Student.”

I did an image search for the cup and found there are cups, t-shirts, coffee mugs, bags, badges, and more with similar phrases: World’s Okayest Boss – Nurse – Mom – Dad – Child – Teacher – Husband – Wife – Principal – Employee . . .

The World’s Okayest . . .

I get the humor. I catch the sarcasm. It is funny, well it would be if.

If it weren’t true. Too many in life whether at school or in the workplace do just enough. They are not the worst but they are not striving to improve. They are just average, they are just okay and they are okay with that.

What ever happened to trying to improve? What happened to setting your sites a little higher and striving for better?

Sadly, there is probably a version that says, “World’s Okayest Christian.” If not I wonder if I could sometimes be the face of the “World’s Okayest Christian.”

Let’s not be just okay. Let’s become more. Let’s grow in Christ, in service, in love, and in faith.

I refuse to be just an Okay Christian!

  • Jesus condemned the church at Laodicea for not being cold or hot, but for being lukewarm – okay.  Laodicea was Asia’s “okayest” church. (Rev 3:15-16).
  • The Hebrew writer challenges his readers that they ought to be teachers, but they were satisfied with where they were- they were the “okayest” and he knew they should be more. (Heb 5:12-14).
  • Paul similarly corrects the Corinthians for not growing and still being the “okayest” – 1 Cor 3:1.
  • Peter would tell us, Don’t just be the okayest. Grow in grace.” In fact he does tell us togrow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet 3:18).
  • Paul says of himself,Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.” Phil 3:12-15).

I will be more that okay. I will be the best I can be. I will strive for better than I am in what ever I do, school, work, parenting, marriage, and especially as a disciple of Christ. Will you join me?


Q.: Why are the scriptures at C201 always in green?

A.: This week we were cutting some branches that were growing into our neighbor’s lawn and I was again reminded when I looked at the green color inside how there is so much difference between a dead branch and a living branch.  In Psalm 119:25 we read,

My soul is laid in the dust. Give me new life because of Your Word. (NIV)
and again in vs. 28,
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. (NASB)
My words, or the words of our daily writers, may be helpful, but the power lies in God’s word.

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks again for considering my writings worth sharing. I pray they are helpful to those trying to seek and follow Christ.

    Comment by Scott McCown — August 30, 2016 @ 11:23 pm | Reply


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