"Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:13
I just wrapped up coaching my second year of t-ball. Well, actually it was PRE t-ball. Where I live the city, lets 3 and 4 year olds play t-ball. Yes, you read that correctly, 3 and 4 year olds on the t-ball field. Being a coach for my son’s team is extremely rewarding. I love spending time with him and his friends and their families, but at the same time. it can be a little stressful. Trying to get 3 and 4 year olds interested in the same thing and doing the same thing at the same time can have its challenges.
One thing that I learned about little kids and t-ball early on in my coaching endeavors was that hitting was the favorite activity…by far. If the kids on my team had their way, every practice and every game would consist of hitting off the tee and snacks of course. However, as a coach and as someone who wanted to teach these kids parts of the game, I knew I had to spend time on more than just hitting. We talked about the game as a whole. What is a glove? Does it go on your head or your hand? Where is first base? Why is it better to run to first than to third? Stuff like that. I knew that there was more to t-ball then just hitting.
I see the same tendency in the lives of some Christians. Sometimes all we want to do in our “Christian life” is the things we like best. For them, following Jesus is only about partaking and participating in the things you enjoy. You like singing, but not serving. I hear people say all the time, “I want deeper teaching, teaching that is going to increase my knowledge of scripture and make me a more informed Christian.” Sure you are all about gaining more Bible knowledge, but when it comes to tithing, you are not really too excited to participate in that. I don’t know what that one thing is for you, but I do know that when we turn Christianity into one little thing, we miss lots of big things. Sure worship is great and you know I love preaching just as much as the next preacher. But when those become the only thing we care about, or the only thing we pursue in terms of our pursuit of Christ, we miss out on tons. These pursuits can be noble. When these pursuits become in and of themselves the only thing we pursue, we miss out on the wholeness of Christ and His transforming character.
God wants people to be fully committed to Him. God wants people to be in pursuit of the whole person of Christ. He wants to reproduce in His followers the character of His Son, His love, His kindness, His compassion, His holiness, His humility, His unselfishness, His servant attitude, His willingness to suffer wrongfully, His ability to forgive, and so much more that characterized His life on earth.
Praise the Lord for the many opportunities we have to express worship to Him. Praise the Lord for all the ways we have to serve in the church. Praise the Lord for all the amazing attributes we see in His Son Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord that we as followers of Him have the opportunity to experience the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Posted on Fri, June 1, 2012
by Doug Story