We have new neighbors across the street. I am glad they are here, though I have yet to talk to them for any extended length. No, I am glad they are here because that means that the old neighbor has moved on. He was a nice enough guy, but he was a lawn freak. He would mow his grass every other day, always making a new path or design in his yard. His yard looked very nice, which made my yard look all the worse – I didn’t (and still don’t) mow new designs in my yard. IMO, he spent waaay to much time on the yard. Someone described people like him this way – “That’s a first rate commitment to a second rate mission.”
I really didn’t envy his yard, preferring soccer goals to sawgrass. I did admire his commitment to the war on turf. But my hope is that my commitments are to first rate goals. Not to my lawn, or to my car, or to my family. Not even a commitment to the ministry. No, I want my commitment to be a commitment to God – to life with God, rather than for God. That is a temptation I face often – to do things for God, to study so I can teach rather than just live with Christ. For if I neglect the latter, the former will die off, too. Or, as Jesus put it…
John 15: 4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit byitself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him,he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.