Perhaps you have seen a t-shirt or bumper sticker that says, “Baseball is life.” Sometimes, the extra line will be added, “The rest is just details.” Sometimes instead of baseball, other words will be attached to this same slogan. Football. Golf. Fishing. Shopping. I suppose you could put almost any word there.
Really? Is baseball life?
As believers in Jesus, we better live in such a way that we can say, “Jesus is Life” or “Discipleship is Life.” “Following Jesus is My Life” should be the motto of our lives.
Henry “Harry” Ironside, a preacher of another generation told a valuable lesson he learned from an employer he had as a child. Harry worked for a shoe repair man named Dan Mackay.
“Harry,” he said, “I do not cobble shoes just for the four bits and six bits that I get from my customers. I am doing this for the glory of God. I expect to see every shoe I have ever repaired in a big pile at the judgment seat of Christ, and I do not want the Lord to say to me in that day, ‘Dan, this was a poor job. You did not do your best here.’ I want Him to be able to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.'”
Then he went on to explain that just as some men are called to preach, so he was called to fix shoes, and that only as he did this well would his testimony count for God. (H. A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth, Moody Press, 1945, pp. 37-39.)
What do you do? Whatever you do is under the Lordship of Christ. All that you do is part of your discipleship.
As a Christian, as someone who follows Christ, there should be nothing outside the realm of His control. There can be no habit, no activity, no attitude, no “anything” that is outside our relationship with Him.
We hear that lesson in Eugene Petersen’s The Message paraphrase of Romans 12:1-2. “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
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