Not Another Yesterday
Yesterday I attended Iron Sharpens Iron, an equipping conference for men, in Waterville, Maine. Lots of good stuff and I’ll write about more of it soon. The last main session featured a message by David Delk of Man in the Mirror ministries. David first shared from Isaiah 43, including verse 18-19: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” He added in several other passages, including Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Along the way, came this stunning statement: “Most men live as if their tomorrows will simply be another yesterday.” Wow! That really blew me away. For two reasons; first, because I see this in other men. They go about life as if all they will ever know is the grind of job, home responsibilities, repeat. No wonder so many guys live for their favorite sports team! It’s a way for them to participate in something that breaks from the ordinary, even if only vicariously. The second reason that statement blew me away is because I see this in myself way too often. How can I fail to live an extraordinary life? By letting my self-centeredness determine how I respond to life – both its challenges but also its day to day normal stuff.
But God wants so much more for us. Jesus made extraordinary life possible by transforming the ordinary into more than what it seems. Every event, task, responsibility is an opportunity for Him to work in us if we surrender. When we do, He moves in extraordinary ways…by changing us. The key to conquering a selfish mindset is found in Matthew 16:24-25, “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” An eternal perspective helps us see that there is much more to life than the daily grind. Allow me to echo David Delk’s final question to the men attending the conference:
“What does God want to do in you for His glory?” How can your tomorrow be different than your yesterday? How must you ‘deny’ yourself to follow Jesus into an extraordinary life?