Why do so many settle for commonness?
I was reading in 1 Samuel 8 this morning and came across this thought:
“We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
We want to be like everyone else. We want someone else to fight our battles. We want to be led.
I dug out an old poster given to me by Larry Poland in 1976. It has marked my life for many years.
I Do Not Choose to be a “Common” Christian
I cannot separate my faith in Jesus of Nazareth from my everyday life, conduct and speech.
I cannot justify loving only those who love me, aiding only my friends, and praying only for fellow Christians.
I have no desire to carry the name of the Son of God to the level of my own base intentions.
I aspire to be like Him, to live on unseen resources by faith, to tap the unlimited supply of His love through the life of His indwelling Holy Spirit, to emerge from my moral conflicts “more than a conqueror” through His power, and to rise above all earthly standards to the completeness of His perfection.
I acknowledge that this is an impossible quest but accept the challenge of its impossibility in the knowledge that its pursuit will force me to rest on Him.
I desire no little challenges, expect no unrippled seas, and abandon all personal “rights.”
My present failure to fulfill these intentions merely proves that God isn’t finished reshaping my raw materials.
What about you? Will you join me today in choosing to be uncommon?
Terrence Donahue says
Keith, a timely posting. Am printing it out and will be discussing with my children on the drive to school this morning. Thank you.
Thanks, Terrence. It requires a daily recommitment from each of us.
Doris Beck says
What an excellent reminder Keith!! Thanks for sharing!
What a great post to start my morning today! A great reminder as we get closer to adoption becoming reality. A great thing to pray about and share! Thank you!
Are you walking in The Spirit of Jesus?
The Common Christian says the name of God is God.
The UnCommon Christian says His Name is Elohim.
Thanks Keith I like this post very much…
Knocked my socks off with kondwlege!