Godly one day at a time!
It is quite common to talk with people who do not consider that their life is all that important. The question might be asked “If a biography of my life was written, who would read it?” It is common for us to feel insignificant and even more common if we are in a group or culture where the flashy and self promoting seem to rise to the top.
In the church, I know that many do not feel as if they are important and yet, they are. It is not the preachers and elders only who are important, it is the members in the congregation who are important as well. Perhaps more so because there are more of them.
I think we read a passage like this:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, (Eph 4:11-15 ESV)
And in so reading, we focus on the list of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, teachers and think, “but I am not any of those people”, then we conclude that “I” must not be important. Perhaps (and that is a huge perhaps), if Paul had stopped there, you might have a point. Notice, however, the next verse and my highlights:
from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Eph 4:16 ESV)
Perhaps you have missed it but notice it now. Sure, we need, and God provides, those who teach and lead, but those who are led also have a key role to play in the growth of the body of Christ. Every joint and each part of that body works together. There are no spare parts in the body of Christ!
The problem is that we don’t always see our contribution as significant. Last week, two of our members, in the congregation at Bastrop, showed their godliness in a way that cannot be done in an instant. It can not be done in a flash. It can only be done by perseverance and commitment. They showed godliness that can’t be replicated overnight, you can’t bottle it, and you can’t sell it or take a quick crash course in order to achieve it.
They celebrated 25 years of marriage and renewed their vows once again.
Neither set out to be, or would have thought that they would become, such a good role model in doing this, they simply knew that God wanted their marriage to be like Adam and Eve’s: A lifetime commitment. Their example is one that is built a day at a time, many of them that seem to pass by without anything worth note. However, taken all together, they become a legacy that shines like the silver that a 25th anniversary is named after.
In a world that is so set on the self-gratification, and in the shadow of Hollywood marriages that are measured in hours or minutes, these two stand out as an example of Godly living and deserve the kudos for doing so.
Happy 25th anniversary Mollye and Robin!
I would like to hear from others about those whose lives are not flashy but also serve to be a godly example! Tell me, who do you know?
Posted on June 5, 2012, in Christianity, Faith and tagged 25th anniversary, Bastrop, Bastrop church of Christ, christianity, faith, godliness, godly, Hollywood, Lost pines church of christ, marriage. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.