Wednesday, November 01, 2006


It's not my practice to cover up one of my new posts with another the next day, but I think God just showed me something. And I want to get it down before I forget it.

For some time, I've been pondering an analogy. Namely ... Scene #1 ... if a doctor told you, in response to some occurrence, that you needed to rest in bed for a week, that's where you'd start. For a day or maybe two.

The third day, you'd feel pretty good and would probably go to the table for lunch, and then to the couch in the living room. Next day, you'd probably go there in the morning and then the recliner after lunch. By day five, you'd be up and around and "taking it easy". As long as it didn't hurt, you'd be ok.

So change the premise ... Scene #2 .... . let's say the doctor tells you that there's this sliver of bone in your back that it's this close to your spinal column and if you MOVE in the next week, you'll probably never walk again. He says there won't be any pain involved. In fact, half of you won't feel anything, ever again, if you get out of bed.

What would you do, then? Why, you'd stay right there and not move a muscle.

Why? Same event .. . same instructions. Why the difference?

The part I've recognized in scene #2 is that, in that event, you'd see the value. When you see the value of something, you're motivated to do it. When you don't see it, you usually don't.

What God showed me today is the other half of the equation. Namely, in scene #2, you care about the outcome.

For me, this is a call to action, lots of different actions, for two groups of people. First, you and me. Believers. If we're not striving after holiness in our life, which of those is missing? Do we not see the value of that, or do we simply not care about the results?

Pastors: if folks in your congregation are there half the time, not tithing, not involved, what's missing? Do they not see the value of seeking first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness? Or do they simply not care about it?

Whether you're just a believer, or a pastor (or teacher, worker, etc), I'd think you'd want to know. I look at the church in Acts and think "What did they have that I don't have?" It's obvious there's something, and I want whatever they had.

Pastors: please look this over and think on those things. Perhaps there's some food for thought, and maybe some sermon fodder.

The kicker is we all say WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). It rolls off our tongues, and it's a thought with a lot of merit. But unless Jesus was some sort of robot, He had reasons for the self-sacrifice so evident in His life. Maybe that's what God showed me today... Jesus knew the value of what He was sent to do, and He cared supremely about you and me .... that we could have an abundant and an eternal life.

He saw. And He cared.

He still does.

Do I? Do you?


At 9:58 PM, November 04, 2006, Blogger SelahV said...

It's amazing what one can learn when you have no other choice. The value of a moment. The value of a voice. The value of a hug. May all of us find out what value we have to bring to this ministry called life. And may we each seek to live as though it is our last day to live for Jesus. Blessings to you, Bob. SelahV

At 8:13 AM, November 06, 2006, Anonymous Lee said...

1. Seeing the value
2. Caring about the outcome.

Sounds like a good formula for self-evaluation.

At 10:09 PM, November 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mighty...thank u for having cared and sown into my have helped me more than perhaps you may never know..or maybe u do..
izzy has learnt to stand..yes and izzy is learning to care about things that see the value of seeing an not being so heavenly minded as to be of no earthly good..
lov to read ur blog..makes me think
much lov

At 10:23 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Thanks, Izzy. You humble me with your kindness.

Much love across, the seas, to you, too.

At 11:47 AM, November 13, 2006, Blogger Laura said...

Good stuff. Thanks for something else to ruminate upon.

At 11:50 AM, November 13, 2006, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Hi Laura. Thanks for visiting. And for the kind words.

God bless.


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