On Saturday mornings, a group of people from my church get together for a Bible study / 5K training program called Run for God. While this post is not focused on discussing the merits of this program, I do recommend that anyone interested in starting something like this at their own church or in their community go to the website www.runforgod.com to learn more; or, ask me. I’m finishing up my second “run” through the course materials and we are getting ready for our first church-sponsored 1M/5K/10K “Fun Run” to celebrate completion.
Anyway, I saw something earlier this week that dovetailed nicely with our Run for God Bible lesson this morning and I wanted to share it with you.
There is a saying that goes something like this: “Whenever the will of man intersects the will of God, somebody has to die.”
I’ll come back to that but just wanted to get you thinking about it a little.
Okay, so this morning we talked about being a pancake instead of a waffle. You understand, right?
Well, just in case you don’t, let me briefly explain. You see, many of us talk about how we have so many things going on in our day-to-day lives that we find it difficult to “make time” for God. We find it hard to fit God into our lives. This is where the waffle comes in. The waffle has many little compartments in it and, if we are a waffle Christian, we tend to try to assign things to certain compartments, including God. Think about it for a minute; we put God in his own little compartment of our lives. We will fill it with syrup but be sure to not let it overflow into any other compartments. I mean, we certainly don’t need it overflowing into other aspects of our lives that we just need to keep separate from our “God time.”
Is this how God meant for it to be, you think?
Now, pancake Christians, on the other hand, let that syrup just flow all over every part of their lives. It covers them entirely and there is no separating any part of them from the syrup. The syrup starts by just covering them and then it begins to seep right down inside them so much so that they are completely changed through and through.
Now, lets go back briefly to the earlier quote that I shared. There is a passage of Scripture where Jesus talks about what it means to be his disciple. Luke 9:23 (ESV) says And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Jesus said that his disciples would have to deny themselves DAILY. We know that our lives are a constant battle between the flesh and the spirit. We know that we are selfish individuals and would much more naturally be inclined to pursue a path of self-fulfillment. But Jesus calls us to consistently deny that part of ourselves and follow him. When we answer that call, our will dies a little more and his will figures more and more prominently in our lives.
This is where the will of man and the will of God intersect; every stinkin’ day! We have regular opportunities to choose the path of selfishness or the path of selflessness in everything we do. So, if we are the pancake Christians, we are allowing Jesus to permeate our being and live through us; we are looking at every part of our lives as opportunities to deny self and show the world the light of Jesus. If we are waffle Christians, then it’s much more likely that we aren’t, simply put.
Let us all seek to be pancakes, heavy on the syrup.