Eugene Peterson raises some questions in response to the story of David and Goliath that have implications for my life as we approach Christmas and the dawn of a new year. I am wrestling with these questions…
Are we going to live out our God-created, Spirit-anointed, Jesus-saved being? Or are we going toady and defer to eunuch professionals?
First off, I had to look up the word “toady” in the dictionary. When I look up words in the dictionary I often find it more valuable to look in the thesaurus for words that mean the same…
brown-noser, lickspittle, flatterer, flunky, lackey, trained seal,doormat, stooge, cringer; bootlicker, suck-up, yes-man; kiss-ass, ass-kisser.
Yeah…Those are strong challenges by Peterson, but I am personally stretched by his words. How often have I spent time following the dreams of others and left God’s dreams for me sitting on the sidelines. I want more for my life. I want to chase after Christ with everything.
Have you ever wondered if how you’re living your life is worth Christ’s sacrifice? I know all the churchy stuff to say about that. I don’t need you to give me a lecture about the theology of how that’s not correct.
What I’m saying is have you ever been so disappointed at where you are with Christ that you actually wonder if what Christ did for you was worth it?
I know that God loves me. I know that I am worth more to Him than anything. I wonder if I frustrate Him sometimes and I know He’s got more for me than I’m taking advantage of. That’s the bottom-line. That realization drives me to live out my God-given awesomeness.
What about you?