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February 23, 2015, 10:47 AM

Ok with not getting an award?

I watched the Academy Awards, nearly every minute.  Why?  Because I love movies?  Sure, thats one explanation.  The other explanation is that I love to imagine myself being up there, getting an award, giving a rousing acceptance speech, and ultimately getting showered with accolades from my peers.  Yep, thats why I watch.  

Anyone else willing to admit that? 

And when the awards are handed out, if our names never show up in a gold-laced envelope, are we okay with that?  One of the reasons I am so hopeful for an eternity with Jesus is the silliness his disciples engaged in repeatedly over awards and recognition.  They didnt ask for a gold statue or a trophy, these guys were asking for POWER, thrones, and honor (Mark 10: 35 - 37; Matt 10: 20 - 28 among others).  Every time, Jesus responds by letting them know that the award goes to the "least of these," the "servant," the last in line.  And further, the award is nothing tangible here on earth, its eternal.  

Are we okay with that?  If I were to ask anyone this at church, 100% would answer: "Yes, I'm okay with that."  Because thats the right answer.  If thats our answer, are we actually living like we're okay with that?  We want our eternal reward, whether you're all about a mansion, robe, and a crown or not, we're in it for Heaven.  That should translate into our decision making, our hobbies, relationships, pursuits, and goals.  We have to teach our children how to handle bullying and how to deal with self esteem because the world chooses to promote self and gain power as reward.  We pine for promotions and raises so we can be assured we're worth something to our companies and employers.  We come JUST short of asking Jesus for that throne and gold crown, all the while watching him hug a leper, take a child on his knee, and cross cultural and economic barriers in an attempt to exalt the weak and powerless.  

Dont get me wrong, I'm preaching to myself here.  My ego is as big if not bigger than anyone else (I've made public speaking my career, that has to say something).  Ambition and the drive to succeed is different than seeking the world's favor, but we have blurred that line so much that it incorporates itself into nearly every decision churches are making (leadership, buildings, advertising campaigns, capital gains, savings accounts, etc...).  

I wish to be found in the trenches when Jesus comes looking for me.  But first I have to quit practicing my acceptance speech. 


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