Judges 9,10; Psalms 49; 1 Corinthians 16
“Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Act like men. Be strong! Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
This verse obliterates the old definition that if you’re going to be a Christian, you’re a weasel, a weakling—soft and pliable, a pushover, weak-spirited, passive, and easily victimized—ambivalent at best. Or I noticed that if there’s a drive-in you, people will call you pushy or someone who reminds them of a television evangelist.
Now, we can fall prey to either of these, or we can try to be trendy, and like the drooping pants on an immature junior higher — we think it’s fashionable.
Or the worst is we start advertising how hard we work and how we deserve more. We constantly announce that it’s tough to serve the Lord. But here Paul says, “Pull up your soul! Be on the alert. Act like men!”
I like that! Sometimes, I need a little shaking. I need God grabbing me by my shoulders and plowing some sense back into me, sternly telling me to “pull your soul up!” Maybe we need less emphasis on giftedness and more emphasis on gumption! We need less wish-bone and more backbone! I must return my heart back to what I am doing and pull up my drooping soul. I find myself continuing in ministry, but my soul is drooping so much that, like a junior higher, all you see is the moon.
So here’s the lesson: “Act like a man! Stand firm in the faith. Do what you do — not as a duty, but as my expression of love.
Pull your soul up! People want to see Jesus — not your moon.”
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your heart and Your aggressive love for me. I need You to watch over me and help me whenever I stray, I droop or I leave my soul behind. Thank You for stirring up my heart to return strong to the battle.