It’s early here… It’s the middle of the night really, but I had to share something with you.
As believers, our ambition or the quality and substance of our ambition is to be pleasing to the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9). But the other bookend verse, if you will, is 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” I much prefer the King James version however, which says, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” And the Weymouth translation expands this truth even further, “And you are not your own, for you have been redeemed at infinite cost. Therefore glorify God in your bodies.”
Paris Reidhead in his message, Ten Shekels and a Shirt, said “Is God an end or is He a means? You have to decide very early in your Christian life whether you are viewing God as a end or a means.” It seems that if we are viewing God as a means (a means to our peace, a means to our happiness and fulfillment, the means to a problem-free life, full of our personal pursuits), then we have forgotten the fact that we “…are no longer our own…” We belong to God; our body quite literally, His body; our life, quite literally, His life.
Our ambition is to live at His disposal, to be joyfully available as His servant. It’s not just that we are willing to be “interrupted” by God, but that we our ambition is to be interrupted by Him…we are anticipating and eagerly waiting for His call to serve Him in any capacity He chooses. That’s a far cry from the theology of our day.
According to the Collins dictionary, to live at the disposal of another means, “…you are able to use it whenever you want, and for whatever purpose you want; you mean that you are willing to help them in any way you can.” That was Mary’s attitude toward God when she offered up her body to be used for His purposes. And this was our Lord’s attitude during His entire lifespan, “He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” Mark 10:45. And He did so out of His infinite love for us.
So out of our love for Him, we will live with the attitude of Ruth 1:16, “For where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge…” Our ambition is availability. Our ambition in this life is to be pleasing to God. Our ambition is a life of servitude and devotion. Our ambition is to live surrendered to God. Our career path, is His path. “Thy will be done…”
Joyfully disturbing, isn’t it?
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