Monthly Archives: August 2012
Why do you humuliate me like a slave girl,
who cannot run from her master?
I am a man of God, and should be honored as such,
And yet you drag me through the shame of the world.
Lord, wed me to yourself and let me see your face,
But do not let me be disgraced.
Tear not the veil too quickly when I turn to you,
Lest I blush in your splendid glory.
And yet, my heart pounds and my mind races rapturously
when you capture me
in your strong arm.
I want to be held,
only loose enough that I might wriggle free.
Take me not away too quickly,
draw me near to you and come quickly.
But let me hold my dignity …
Oh, I have nothing of my own, I’d trade it all to be with you again,
Do not leave me yet,
hold me fast, lest I must fast, and be torn deep within.
There is an international race going on right now for gold, or silver or bronze. Or just the opportunity to race.
May I suggest that it is not enough in the race of life to race. One must finish. It is not enough to have bronze skin, one needs a golden heart. It is not enough to have a silver head of hair, one needs a platinum record of solid faithfulness. A golden ring is useless if it is tarnished by infidelity and incest. No, to obtain the prize, one must finish the race and finish well.
Likewise, when we are ministering, a plaque on the wall and baptisms are not enough. Babies dedicated and large attendance are not the measures God uses. God is looking for obedience.
Oh, that we would obey more closely. We may intend well enough, but we still fall short. What use is hollow victory? What use is wood, hay, and stubble? A fire is coming. Your ministry will be tested by fire. The best way to make sure that you ministry survives fire is to minister in the fire.
Get into a regular pattern of discipline. I am not talking about routine fasting, early rising, or late nights of prayer. No, I am talking about enduring suffering as a good soldier. A good soldier doesn’t complain just because it is hard. He is honest about difficulty, yes. But a good soldier is part of an army of one where he function as part of a broader unity. A good soldier looks not only after his own comfort, but also after the comfort of others. He is not looking to advance in the ranks. A good soldier is wanting all the ranks to advance.
In ministry, the only way that this is possible is if we advance in prayer. We must seek first the Kingdom of God & His righteousness. God will take care of who gets the gold. Our job is to get God. He will not avoid us. He is not ashamed to be called our God. Pursue Him.
Steve Mosher does an excellent job looking not only at the structure of Romans and the sources of Romans but and the significance of Romans for today when related to its original purpose: to ensure that the mission of Paul would continue beyond his journey to Jerusalem.
His exegesis is sound, and even when I felt his application was going to far, I couldn’t help but face the deepening conviction that my feelings were based more on my own shortcomings and on the present history of the local church than on the vision Paul originally had in mind under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Mosher has a big heart, a broad vision, a clear perception of history, a profound love, and a keen and balanced interpretive skill.
He does here what I have long wanted to do: integrate biblical teaching on the Gospel with a particular to the American Church enumerating where she has succeeded and fallen short in making disciples of all nations according to the pattern established in the first century. Mosher preaches to the choir in a way that should leave the choir crying out on a new minor note, like a minor prophet calling forth the sins of his people.
I commend this work with its clear writing, adequate footnotes, and extensive bibliography.