October 21, 2020
Remember the story of the twin boys? One was an incurable pessimist, the other an optimist. The parents, seeking to balance the two, gave the pessimist a new bike for Christmas and the optimist a bag of horse manure.
Christmas morning came. The parents asked the pessimist, "Do you like your new bike?" He replied, "It's okay, but it will probably rust, and I'll have a wreck and cut myself and probably have to have a tetanus shot...."
Then they said, "Where's your brother?" To which he replied, "Oh, he got all excited and went outside saying something about trying to find his new horse!"
Everybody looks at life from the up or down side. Part of this is personality, but part is FAITH (one of the reasons we need each other.) Paul was a man of incredible faith. As he describes his ministry in 2 Corinthians 4:8-18, he could have taken just one side of the equation, which is what some people do to their great detriment.
Others view their lives from an eternal, heavenly perspective and say this about their situation.
STRIKING THE BALANCE
The best possible way to view life as a child of God is to join the two, just as Paul did. This acknowledges the reality of my current condition, but also the reality of God's abundant grace to "overwhelmingly conquer" through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So how do we get there? How do we maintain a witness of great victory in the midst of the brokenness of the world and the press of ministry? The key is, as always to LOOK UP!
"For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we LOOK not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
If your vision is not aerated by heaven's reality you will be overwhelmed and discouraged. The authentic man of faith is a realist—but in both directions. He recognizes the problems, but also the solutions. A realistic view of both earth and heaven makes for a robust faith and gives hope in any situation to everyone who observes us.
Father, thank You for giving us what we need. Thank You that there is no problem that I have that is too big for You—nothing for which You do not have a solution. You work all things together for good to those who are loving You. Help me give a FULL and accurate testimony of my circumstances to bring hope to those around me.
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Although he was a godly and greatly used man of God, King David sinned grievously. For all time, his failure with Bathsheba has been recorded as a tragic warning.
But David’s confession was just as public. Spurgeon said a man could be used again when his confession is as notorious as his sin.
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Many men cannot handle spiritual success. When God blesses them, if they are not careful, they will begin to attribute to themselves what God and others have accomplished in their lives.
It is a great temptation to read your own press clippings.