Date: Saturday, July 12
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Verse: We live by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Sometimes things are not as they appear. Take a look at this 30 second video (click here if you cannot see it below):[youtube:=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gev-LyRUEk4]
We are conditioned to trust our eyes, but there are times when our eyes can be deceived. The same is true in our spiritual lives.
There is a song I’m sure you don’t know called “Only a Fool” by Geoff Moore and the Distance (I’ve pasted the lyrics below). It tells the stories of two people who “had it all.” Charlie walked away from job to mentor kids. Sarah, a beauty queen, choose to go into mission. After each story, we hear this chorus , “S/He saw the big in the small. S/He saw the beauty in the call. Even when no one else approved, s/he took the job only a fool would do.”
It is pretty easy to be lulled into believing our world is all there is. But people of faith see something beyond the physical benefits and into the Kingdom of God. When we walk by faith, we begin to see the world as God sees it, and live into our calling as his children.
Paul reminds us in today’s reading that we are called to live not by sight — our eyes can deceive us. Instead, we are called to live by faith, knowing God’s rule is real, and to live into the life which is truly life.
Prayer: Give me eyes of faith, O God, which see you and your kingdom in the world today. Amen.
Action: Read the lyrics to “Only a Fool” pasted below.
Respond: What perspective tricks have you seen?
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“Only a Fool” by Geoff Moore
(Wanna hear it? Go here.)
Charlie was a fool. Did you hear what he went and did?
He quit his job, threw it away, all for a bunch of kids.
He said he was in love with Jesus, but his friends didn’t understand.
“He could’ve had it all,” but he just smiled and said that he already did.
He saw the big in the small. He saw the beauty in the call.
Even when no one else approved, he took the job only a fool would do.
Sarah was a beauty queen, Miss Something-or-Another
She took off her crown, rolled up her sleeves, gave her life in a mission to others.
She said she was in love with Jesus, but her friends called her a fool.
They said she’d never find happiness. She just look at them and smiled and said she already did.
She saw the big in the small. She saw the beauty in the call.
Even when no one else approved, she took the job only a fool would do.
The way of the world, it may look wise, the way of the truth is to realize
Wisdom will only come through to those who are only the fool.
Show me the big in the small. Show me the beauty in the call.
Show me the road that I should choose. I’ll take the job only a food could do.
Show me the big in the small. Show me the wonder of my call.
Even when no one else approved, I’ll take the job for only a fool, only a fool, only a fool.