A Recipe for Disaster: Pursue Mediocrity

14 Jun

Clint Archer, a pastor from South Africa, wrote a powerful paragraph in a recent blog post . . .

A lesson learned: If your checklist for success is as mundane as “Big house, small wife, two cars parked outside a two-car garage full of junk, and a couple of kids” you set yourself up for midlife crisis. Either you attain your underwhelming goal and think, like the preacher in Ecclesiastes, “Is this it?” resulting in the purchase of a Harley Davidson, hair transplants, or home renovation. Or you fail to attain your dream of mainstream mediocrity and find solace in the company of new friends like Prozac or Jack Daniels.

Archer is encouraging us in his article to dream big.  By this he does not mean a mansion and four cars.  He means, dream big dreams relating to the things of God and the kingdom of God.  Spend your life for something eternal.

This is right in line with the words of Christ.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”  “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

In our day, the pastor most noted for this message of living for the eternal is probably John Piper.  He’s even written a book called Don’t Waste Your Life.  As I see men like Piper and John MacArthur pressing on in ministry past retirement age, as I see people in my own fellowship who are 80 or 90 years old and are still eager to grow, my heart is warmed.

Maybe you are at a place where you can step back and evaluate your life.  To live for the eternal does not mean you must be a preacher or missionary.  Some of the most earthly-minded people in the world are preachers and missionaries who are just trying to protect their little ministry kingdoms.  I can as easily fall into that earthly mindset as anyone.  Living for eternity simply means that your life is turned away from building your own earthly kingdom and toward seeking the kingdom of God.  What patterns in your life need to continue to see that shift from earthly to eternal take place?  What needs to change?

2Corinthians 4:16  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  17  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  18  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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