No Room, No Room, Move Down, Move Down!

For a long time now, the silliness of man’s striving in this world has been a source of amusement to me, especially when I catch myself doing it. It reminds me of the Disney version of “Alice in Wonderland”, the scene of the Mad Hatter tea party. They do not want to even admit Alice to the party, insisting there is no room for outsiders when the entire table is practically empty! Alice cannot get a word in edgewise, much less receive any reasonable answers to her questions. Everyone is too busy in their own little world with the silly things they believe are necessary in order to carry on. The Dormouse was always the silliest to me, needing jam on his nose to calm him down.  I mean, seriously, jam?? 
 
We have become addicted to the world’s lies about many things…how much money we need to survive, what status we need to hold {yes, even in the church or perhaps especially}, how we’re stacking up against the next person whether in performance, possessions, or how many friends we have that are “in high regard”. As Nick said, what is the passion that is driving us in life?
 
I have had an ostensible aversion to competition since I was a child, seeing how badly it made others feel if they did not have the same talents as someone else possessed. For right or for wrong, I believed that it was only truly “right” to compete against oneself. Yet secretly, I longed to be the one of those who was respected and admired. God created us to work in tandem, that we might heterodyne to produce something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Only His power makes this possible. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes about many of the different giftings of the Spirit, and how God has made them dovetail together to create a complete, healthy, working body.
 
1 Corinthians 12:12, 21, 22, 25
“For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, thought they are many, are one body, so also is Christ…..And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; or again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you’. On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary…..so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.”
 
We need to appreciate the fact that God gave each of us something that is uniquely ours, yet created to function cooperatively with the gifts of others. Many of us feel we do not have “anything special to offer” compared {there’s that word again} to others who have more visible talents. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus’ parable of the talents bears this out, with the person having “the least” becoming frightened that what he could produce would never be good enough, so he refused to even try.
 
James 1:17
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
 
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”
 
God has called us to be conduits for His Spirit of love and generosity towards each other and the world. Jesus even specified that men would know His disciples by the love that they showed one another. I still believe that competition is futile in terms of spiritual growth and usefulness. We were chosen to display the heart Father God has for His people in this world. We need to pull together, accepting one another with all our concomitant “warts”, encouraging one another, each in our singular constellation of gifts. It reminds me of one of my most favorite passages in the Word:
 
Hebrews 10:24-25
“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
 
I do not wish to be anything but a willing tool for God’s glory. He will take care of my needs for things like acceptance and approval. This is not always an easy thing to do, but it is what I strive for in my walk with Him.  I pray the same for you.
 
~ Denise
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2 thoughts on “No Room, No Room, Move Down, Move Down!

  1. Not that you are looking for it… or need it… but I accept and approve of this Blog Post. Love the idea that “God has called us to be conduits for His Spirit of love and generosity towards each other and the world.” Thanks Denise!

  2. Ted, thank you for your response…it is good to know that it spoke to someone’s heart. In addition, while all we NEED is God’s approval, it is still a good feeling when others do as well lol. Thanks.

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