Friday, March 20, 2009

"Best & Brightest"

Several days ago some major bonuses were given out to executives in a business that has caused a huge uproar. Part of the justification for this by the company was they needed to retain the best and the brightest. This captivated my thoughts, wasn’t it these same “best and brightest” that put the company in that situation?

How many of Jesus disciples were the best and the brightest? Most of them had been kicked out of “seminary.” These men were called to follow, not the guys you would expect, not top of their class. The majority of people that Jesus called and that followed Him were the bottom in man’s eyes but they were passionate and committed.

My whole life I’ve been picked close to the bottom, close to last. I have failed more than can possibly be imagined and delayed from pursuing and fulfilling my calling for 12 years now. I don’t know why, I don’t care. What I do know is that Christ is after the Holiness of my soul and has given me a passion for His local church that cannot be extinguished.

Matt 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied

Hunger and thirst, not full and quenched. It seems that the only thing Christ wants to do with the full & quenched is show them that what they have gorged themselves on is not righteousness. Interesting that it says shall be satisfied, looking toward the future, a future hope, a hope for the future.

So for us failures, us weak, us who are no where near the “best and brightest” there is still a calling on us, for us, a passion that burns inside aching to escape and a commitment to truth that will lead us to be satisfied . . .

. . .but in the words of the slave from Gladiator, “not yet, not yet.”

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