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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)

TITLE: Grandiose Visions
By Kathy Gronau
05/06/09


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Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. Philippians 2:25 (KJV)


Tonight as I sat in Wednesday night services I listened to the Pastor speak on the call of Christ to be His example to the world. As he spoke giving examples from Philippians Chapter two of how Epaphroditus, was indeed a positive example for Christ, I thought of how often my life falls so short of what my expectations are for myself in emulating Christ. How I seem to be out of His will as often as I am in it. How discouraging it is to forever fail to measure up to my ideals.

Epaphroditus, is mentioned in only twice in the New Testament, yet those verses speak to the very heart of Christian Service. He was a man who was willing to go; to leave the safety of home and travel a great distance to take “an offering” to Paul in prison. He was willing to be inconvenienced, tired, cold, lonely and often in harms way to take an offering to a man who was in prison because he was a Christian. Why would he do that? Ironically it was because he was a Christian. Sounds like a dumb idea huh?
Yet he did what Christ called him to do. Not with great flare or fanfare. He just did what was before him to do.

The pastor ended his sermon with a poem about how when things were hard we just need not to quit. I once again thought of how my life falls so short of my expectations, but then the truth, like neon lights flashing in the night, was there before me. God wants me not to quit. It is not He who reminds me of my failures. Not he who suggests my attempts are not good enough. I don’t need to have grand plans or great expectations. I just need to do as Epaphroditus, did, doing what is put before me to do, today. And when I fail, I simply need to start again.

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Lord, take from me the grandiose visions of being perfect for you. I am not. Give me instead a vision of today and the willingness to start over each time I fall short. Let my focus be always on you and your task and not on my own idea of what needs to be done.


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Jan Ackerson 05/09/09
A good devotional.

In addition to summing up the sermon, perhaps you could also add some personal anecdotes of how, specifically, this has applied to you?

Thanks for reminding us of this little-known Biblical character.
Yvonne Blake 05/14/09
Thank you for writing this. We need to listen to God's voice and obey.