We Were Not Meant Yo Stay In The Egg Crate – Thoughts on The Christian Walk

Reflections: An egg isn’t a pancake nor is it a muffin. Nope, an egg is just an egg. It can be used to make many things and can be eaten separately.

However, there is a certain beauty that occurs when we crack an egg open and mix it with other ingredients to create a delectable dish. The dishes final outcome depends on each ingredient used.

On its own, an egg is OK but get some sauteed veggies and a beef or veggie patty next to it and man are we talking. Couple that with a yummy salad and bam, you’ve got yourself a meal.

But, as fallen human beings we love being eggs, staying eggs and rotting as eggs.

We live in isolation.

Afraid to be cracked open so that God can reveal what we have inside and heal us physically and spiritually.

We act as if we were meant to be islands. Each one consumed by his or her own world.

And in doing so we never reach the full potential penned for us from the beginning of our inception.

We say we love others so lightly, so easily yet when people share a need with us we ignore it and act like we didn’t hear it. We are at times #uncomfortable with the truth that we live in a fallen world and bad things happen.

Marriages face hardships, people get cancer, children fall astray, depression creeps in. This is the reality of the world we live in.

If we were to ask our neighbors, our teachers, our co-workers, and fellow churchgoers if they are hurting from something the answer would be a resounding YES.

You see every single person is facing something, some of us more intense than others but we are all battling some darkness. And you know what?

We were not meant to stay in the egg crate, unused and untouched.

We were created by God and for his purpose and glory to be revealed through us.

And if we say to follow the teachings of the bible then we must understand that we were created to be part of our community of faith, to suffer with each other, to encourage and inspire.

To pray with a mom who is dealing with depression.

To encourage and help the couple who is struggling in their marriage.

To bring food to those who have nothing

to eat.

To share Gods love with one another.

We are meant to use our talents, strengths, and attributes to benefit the body of believers starting with those in our OWN home.

Parents, get off your cell phones and pray with your kids. talk with your teenager; he or she needs to know they are not alone.

Husbands, sit back and listen to your wife if she is nagging you about something it must be hurting her deeply so pay attention.

Wives, support your husbands, be their co-pilot, get their back when everyone else fails them.

Let’s stop being solitary eggs!

Let’s let God break us open so that we can be used in a greater purpose.

Let’s make a cake with our lives, not a rotten egg.

Mariana

Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? John 18:11

To “drink the cup” was a greater thing than calming the seas or raising the dead.  The prophets and apostles could do amazing miracles, but they did not always do the will of God and thereby suffered as a result.  

Doing Gods will and then experiencing suffering is still the highest form of faith, and the most glorious Christian achievement. 

Having your brightest aspirations as a young person forever crushed; bearing burdens daily that are always difficult, and never seeing relief; finding yourself worn down by poverty while simply desiring to do good for others and provide a comfortable living for those you love; being shackled by an incurable physical disability; being completely alone, separated from all those you love, to face the trauma of life alone,: yet in all these, still being able to say through such a difficult school of discipline, “Shall I not drink the cup the father has given me?” – this is faith at its highest, and spiritual success at its crowning point.  Great faith is exhibited not so much in doing as in suffering. 

In order to have a sympathetic God, we must have a suffering Savior, for true sympathy comes from understanding another persons hurt by suffering the same affliction.  Therefore we cannot help others who suffer without paying a price ourselves, because afflictions are the cost we pay for our ability to sympathize.  Those who wish to help others must first suffer.  If we wish to rescue others, we must be willing to face the cross; experiencing the greatest happiness in life through ministering to others is impossible without drinking the cup Jesus drank and without submitting to the baptism He endured. 

The most comforting of David’s psalms were squeezed from his life by suffering, and if Paul had not been given “a thorn in the flesh” we would have missed much of the heartbeat of tenderness that resonates through so many of his letters. 

If you have surrendered yourself to Christ, your present circumstances that seem to be pressing so hard against you are the perfect tool in the Fathers hand to chisel you into shape for eternity.  So trust Him and never push away the instrument He is using, or you will miss the result of His work in your life. 

The school of suffering graduates exceptional scholars. 

Source: Streams in the Desert