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Sunday’s Monday

For those that read Sunday’s Monday regularly, you realize my tendency to complicate the simplest of things. Realizing that I’m not alone in this issue, I’ve done a little research on the subject and uncovered some interesting results. My particular subject for this session is my spiritual nature versus my worldly nature. Usually, complete polar opposite in that the spiritual nature drives a “me last” mindset, and the worldly flesh thrives on me first. I am surprised to find that there are many things God created that can be together and unassisted will never mix and a major example can be found within man. As is written in 1 John 2:15 (ESV), Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

To better example what I’m trying to say I am using the example of gas and water, to model the scenario of humans who have wealth and power verse those of humility. We first must get a proper mental picture of wealth and power: one does not have to have a lot of land or money to be rich and powerful as many of us think. Neither does the humble need to be poverty-stricken and without, to qualify. The world doesn’t teach us the root cause of either, but it has everything to do with attitude. As John Mark alludes to in Mark 9:33-34 (ESV), 33 After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” 34 But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. The attitude among those men dictated there had to be a best, a favorite, or the more powerful among them. This is merely one of the many examples Jesus gives us about a self-serving attitude. Please note, no one is exempt from this attitude or feeling because we each seem to be hardwired with it at birth.

This is where my research opens the door for me to a better understanding, of my subject. I asked the question of why doesn’t riches, fame, and power mix with humility, and in reverse why do the poorest of poor also struggle with the same? I feel like this was answered in the above paragraph, but it fails to satisfy “my why”. Here is what I feel like God has given me and we all know of it. Gas and water will not mix, even though they can be contained within the container, they will not mix on their own. Just as self-serving and servanthood can exist inside each of us, they will not mix, one will dominate the other at any given time. Here is where it gets interesting for me in the case of gas and water. When isopropyl alcohol (sometimes known as dry gas) is introduced to the mixture the alcohol dissolves in the water to form a homogenous solution, so you cannot distinguish the alcohol and the water anymore. The two (gas and water) never actually become the same but because the water has combined with the alcohol, they can accomplish the purpose of combustion.

Here comes the good news (if we accept it) our self-serving attitude will not mix with our servanthood until we introduce a transposal such as Jesus onto the mix. Just as with the disciples arguing over who was the greatest, there was no easy solution, the different minds would not mix. Their internal spiritual man was humble while their worldly man was anything but. That is until Jesus was introduced into the mix where John Mark recorded in Mark 9:35 (ESV), He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Jesus becomes our homogenous additive to blend with our self-centeredness allowing our servanthood to produce the will of God. The truth is a lot of us were taught or told before our second birth, God does not remove our fleshly traits and desires. He simply supplies the wisdom (through His Holy Spirit) for us to know, as long as we add Jesus to any mix, “God’s will” can be accomplished. Jesus brings a continuous blending of self-will with spiritual desire in a proportion that allows an outflow of love and good deeds. GOT JESUS?

This week my prayer is taken from Mark 9:24 (ESV), Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Lord, You know our hearts, as well you know that each of us needs to make this our daily cry to you. The world is gaining ground with confusion and doubt, but help us know with everything we have, that Jesus has made a way for us. Remind us continually to add Jesus to everything we do and every thought we have. “Please! Lord!” Help our unbelief! Amen


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