Friday, June 11, 2010

Finding Faults

Working on the assembly line this week, we were plagued with problems. Most of the issues have surrounded the scalpel blade in the surgical equipment we make. So we have been diligent in checking the blade for nicks as we assemble this component. Everyone has been cautiously looking for damage on the edge of the blade.

But as my co-workers and I were checking over the blades, something interesting began to happen; we started seeing damage where there was none. We were becoming so focused on finding problems—we began to see imaginary faults. My co-worker noticed this and said, “Wow, it is as if we want to find problems; we are seeing things that aren’t there.”

Now how true is this in our walk with Christ; we get so hung up on the fact we are in a fallen world, that all we focus on are problems; in our world, in the people around us, and most of all—in our fellow Christians.

Yes, it is true—we are living “East of Eden”; but Christ is victorious. Yes the “whole creation groans, awaiting redemption” but there is still hope. Yes there is horror and evil in the world; but we have a risen Savior, Jesus Christ the righteous, seated at the right hand of the Father. To deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow him is the hardest and most painful thing we ever do; yet Paul stated it best when he pointed us all towards the finish line when he wrote “This momentary light affliction is producing in us an eternal weight in glory far beyond all comparison.” Can we look on the humanity around us and realize that we are looking at fellow image bearers; created in the glorious imago Dei; and as such, deserve grace…the same grace given to us. Can we allow the love of Christ, the self-sacrificial love, to flow through us by the power of the Holy Spirit to minister to the hurting humanity around us? Or will we allow ourselves to remain blind to the hope and beauty, love and grace God gives to us each day.

This I recall to mind, Therefore I have hope, the Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail, they are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant[slave], and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:3-8

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