Exploring Life (with God)

A struggler tired of living life by "expectations." Questioning, wondering, exploring how God is recreating my life to be more genuine.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Being One Who is Called to Serve --

I am beginning to discover that my place in what God is doing in this world, is not a place of "hey look at me," but a place in which I am being called to be completely at the disposal of what God desires to do. In the movie, The Last Samurai, there is a scene in which ninja assassins try to assasinate the last samurai and after the attackers are defeated, the American soldier, played by Tom Cruise, who is siding with the last samurai asks if it was the emperor who is trying to kill him. The last samurai's response is telling: "No it is not the emperor, for all he has to do is ask for my life and I would give it." Such an attitude that states, my life is at the total disposal of my emperor (at the disposal of God) is not something we see much today.

We don't see it much today, because we live in a culture which states, "hey it is about me!" Everything is about me. But if God is doing something good in the world, even in the midst of all that is going so wrong, then I want to be a part of the good that God is doing -- then it becomes, not about me, but about what touches God's heart. What touches God's heart are the people who are suffering, who are struggling, who are on the periphery of society. Whenever I think life is about me, then I am dulled to seeing what God sees, the people that God sees.

I guess I want to see what God sees and make myself available to what God is doing in the world. For me to do this I need to learn more about what it means to live life in a way that is not about me, but making myself available to being one who serves the purposes of God in the world.

3 Comments:

  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger Bill Van Loon said…

    I like your closing paragraph. It brought to mind something Jesus said. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Mt. 5). Purity of heart is key to seeing God anywhere. Brother Lawrence says something similar in his work The Practice of the Presence of God (?).

    I take myself out of the center when I obey the Lord. We see what God does and we think like God thinks when we do the things God does. When I think life is about me, this is essentially a disobedient thought and usually accompanied by disobedient action (overt or covert).

    The obedient heart will be so not out of duty per se but out of complete adoration for the Lord. I am not sure Tom Cruise's character was motiviated by love more than duty. Duty isn't a bad motivator but I am not sure it a firm motivator. The heart of the lover on the other hand, is so enraptured with the object of love, that he/she will do anything for the beloved. Isn't that what Jesus wants? Isn't this how Mary responded when she was chosen by God to carry and give birth to the Christ?

    Your words are good.

     
  • At 4:32 PM, Blogger John Lynch said…

    Right on.

     
  • At 7:30 AM, Blogger Tom o said…

    Bill, I think you nailed it.. Motivation, cannot be duty bound.. One example: Look at all the Bible studies that have failed, because people don't do the assigned reading or answer the questions.. It's your duty to have your work done.. However, love causes someone to drive on with passion and vision.. The guy who cleans the toilets in the church, does he due it because it's his duty or does he love God so much, he'll do anything to serve His people?

     

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