To fall asleep at night, I watch old recordings of M*A*S*H. The hypnotic repetition of reruns sucks the day’s garbage out my head and helps me fall asleep. I know. I’ve said it before. I’m weird!
However, I’ve culled many an insight from these old episodes. For instance, I watched an episode the other night involving Father Mulcahy as he tries to prepare the camp for a special visit by a revered cardinal. Excited to have him visit, Father wants the camp to shape up.
Getting antsy about the way everyone is behaving, he takes it as an affront that no one will listen to him. He wants everything to be perfect. He wants to receive a pat on the back and an atta-boy for a job well done.
Unfortunately, he gets sidetracked from his sermon prep as he talks all night with a patient who has just received a diagnosis of leukemia.
Klinger comes looking for Father Mulcahy to tell him everyone is waiting for his sermon, which the Father has totally forgotten.
As he stands before the unit in the mess tent, all eyes are on the Father as he begins to explain why he is not prepared and not even dressed properly, as he is still in his bathrobe.
Visibly upset, in anguish, and almost in tears at his selfishness of wanting approval, he says emphatically, “God didn’t put us here for that pat on the back. He created us so He could be here Himself, so that He could exist in the lives of those He created, in His image.”
And that, my friend, is why you are here. Why I am here. Why we are all here!
We are not here for that pat on the back. We are here for God to dwell within us…
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16 NKJV)
…to have fellowship with us…
“Count on this: God is faithful and in His faithfulness called you out into an intimate relationship with His Son, our Lord Jesus the Anointed.” (1 Cor. 1:9 VOICE)
…to live out our lives in service to others…
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:15-17 NIV)
…so God could work through us.
“Now may the God of peace…make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Heb. 13:20a, 21 NKJV)
Charles Spurgeon said…
We are here as the “salt of the earth,” to be a blessing to the world.
We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life.
We are here as workers for him, and as “workers together with him.”
And Paul admonishes us…
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” (1 Peter 3:8-10 NLT)
My prayer for us all is Spurgeon’s words…
useful, holy lives, to the praise of the glory of his grace!”