Just Leave Me Alone!
Every now and then I read something that makes me burst out laughing. Like belly-laugh-out-loud funny. Sometimes it’s great comedy or some meme on Facebook.
Sometimes I laugh out loud because I’ve read something that is so true, so real, so authentic to me. Like I’m called out. Busted!
Today is one of those days.
You may know that Oswald Chambers is a part of my daily routine. I rarely miss a day. I’ve got a well-read beat-up hard copy. I’ve got Ozzy on my Kindle. Bookmarked on every computer. He’s always within reach.
Today’s Ozzy beats me bloody and I’ve been giggling about it all morning long. I have these days, often, when I want what I want. You know what I mean? That’s all I want. Just my thing—and God, please just leave me alone, thank you very much! Please excuse the gender references.
The Missionary’s Master and Teacher
You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am ….I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master… — John 13:13, 16
To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It means having someone who has made me secure in the knowledge that he has met and solved all the doubts, uncertainties, and problems in my mind. To have a master and teacher is this and nothing less— “…for One is your Teacher, the Christ…” (Matthew 23:8).
Our Lord never takes measures to make me do what He wants. Sometimes I wish God would master and control me to make me do what He wants, but He will not. And at other times I wish He would leave me alone, and He does not.
“You call Me Teacher and Lord…”— but is He? Teacher, Master, and Lord have little place in our vocabulary. We prefer the words Savior, Sanctifier, and Healer. The only word that truly describes the experience of being mastered is love, and we know little about love as God reveals it in His Word. The way we use the word obey is proof of this. In the Bible, obedience is based on a relationship between equals; for example, that of a son with his father. Our Lord was not simply God’s servant— He was His Son. “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience…” (Hebrews 5:8). If we are consciously aware that we are being mastered, that idea itself is proof that we have no master. If that is our attitude toward Jesus, we are far away from having the relationship He wants with us. He wants us in a relationship where He is so easily our Master and Teacher that we have no conscious awareness of it— a relationship where all we know is that we are His to obey.
Love? Please! Sometimes I want God to just leave me alone.
And God does not.
Does that sound familiar?
Grace & Peace,