I had a fellowship with a friend and a brother this past week and happened to say something that shot through my system like a cruise missile. He told me that he does not want to be an average Christian as he has never been an average guy in other domains of his life. Interestingly, his exemplary exploits on the rugby field testify of this. He was such a bundle of energy that would hand any opponent, from whichever rugby powerhouse a crushing blow – Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, England…..name them.
This got me thinking for a moment. How many times do we yell at the top of our voices, ‘I am the head and not the tail, the first and not the last, above and not beneath…..’ It is good to speak the promises God gives us, but it is better when we mix them with obedience as Deuteronomy 28 states. The best is achieved when we move beyond speaking and start doing: It is called an act of faith. It is an absolute surrender to the will of the Father. It is submitting to the directions of God just like Abraham. I cannot become a rugby megastar until I obey my coach, submit to his edicts and act – do whatever is possible to condition my body into a playing machine.
God did not create us to be average people. He never saved us to remain the same. We must go beyond average. We must move further than what is common. We must strive to reach that which is past usual. We must step forth in faith and grab that which is over the ordinary.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
We can purpose to become above-average Christians. It is time we bid mediocre Christianity bye. Nominal Christianity, Cultural Christianity ought to never appear in our concordance.
“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”