Saturday, December, 10, 2016 | 9:14 PM | by ledington
Never Give Up
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4: 13 - 18
This blog has quickly become something that both challenges and encourages me. I believe that is further evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence within our Covenant group. When I hear or read the phrase “never give up”, I think of a movie from 1999 titled Galaxy Quest. The “tag line” from the movie is, “Never give up. Never surrender.” The movie was a parody, per se, of Star Trek. It starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman; the plot was about a cast from an old sci-fi TV show. Through circumstances beyond their control, they find themselves in a real life version of what their show was about – space exploration and battling “bad/evil” aliens.
This also reminds me of The Man of LaMancha, the musical tale of Don Quixote. “To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe ….” Don Quixote lives out a surrendered, obedient, humble Christian walk against the backdrop of the World caught up in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. He sees in a way that those around him do not. He sees a beauty and purity in Dulcinea that no one else does. It is the same way that God sees His Bride, The Church. Imperfect, flawed … and yet, there is a deep hope because we not only know that God is at work in us and through us, but we have a relationship with God. We see Him, so we see that which some call invisible.
Seems simple … but, how? Take a moment … read Roman’s 8:28, Joshua 1:9, 1 Samuel 17: 38 – 51 and Ephesians 6: 10 – 18. What does the Holy Spirit say to you as you ponder these scriptures in light of 2 Corinthians 4: 13 – 18? I must confess that as a child attending Sunday school, the story of David defeating Goliath was a favorite of mine (I was named for this hero). There is an undergirding of strength through The Holy Spirit. This strength is commanded in Joshua 1:9 and its source is revealed in Roman’s 8: 28. What Ephesians 6:10 – 18 reveals is the armor worn by David and exemplified by Don Quixote.
We are designed by God to succeed for Him; He has set the example. So, this brings us back to Galaxy Quest. We have talked in class how the word “hypocrite” is derived from the Greek word for actor. The characters in the movie found out that there was a deeper courage in them; they were made of something more than the “masks” of acting. Their victory was possible because they had already rehearsed their roles. One of the characters had to go and watch what he used to do.
What are some of the ways that God gives us to rehearse? Prayer? Worship? Thanksgiving? Fellowship? Discipleship? Grace? Mercy? Our gifts and the opportunities to use them to shine for God are our rehearsal for the sake of glory.
Please forgive me for how long it took me to write this week’s entry. It appears that I am battling a cold and it forced me to slow down and concentrate. I almost gave up … actually asked Lisa to write it; but fellowship “kicked in” and she encouraged me to not give up. So, what’s the most important word in our Scripture today? It is “we”. After all, Jesus told His disciples (and us) where two or more are gathered that He would be there and, also, when He walked on water, “Take courage. I am here.”
Christ is here among us. The Holy Spirit speaks to our very hearts. Let us continue to encourage each other for the Glory of God.