Thursday, February 9, 2012

Beautiful Reflections, Not Mediocrity

I just finished reading Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger. The pastor asked my husband and I to and I thought... Why not? It might be interesting. And it was. Perhaps a review will follow.

But my hope to share today is this poignant quote made in the midst of an analysis of the priests in Malachi's time:

Mediocrity bothers God because it violates His nature and behavior. God is an excellent God.  His character is flawless.  Excellence flows from the nature of who God is .  Everything God has ever done has been excellent.  Creation, the sunset, the ocean, and His resurrection point to His excellent nature.

The leaders offered an inappropriate response to God.  Instead of reflecting His attribute of excellence to the world, they modeled mediocrity... the people took their cues from them.  If the priests offered second best to God, the people would as well.

In current times it isn't just about the leaders, though... it is about all Christians.  Our relationship with Christ should reflect in our relationship with others.  His image in us should show completely to others... that they might learn how to not settle for less.

No, we are not perfect, praise be to Jesus for covering over that.  But in order to not give into mediocrity, we ought to at least make every effort to keep that mirror clean so His reflection can shine more clearly... and not settle until it does.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.    
- Ephesians 4:1-3

I pray your ponderings on mediocrity lead you to a place with many mirrors and beautiful reflections!

Something to think about!

Most joyous blessings as the weekend approaches,

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