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More Than Survival

By Don Loftis | 02.05.14

Recently, my chiropractor commented about the sad plight of some of our medical care.  He is concerned that we are more concerned about avoiding or curing sickness than we are with experiencing good health.  In other words, we are more concerned with survival than we are with genuine quality of life issues.

I suppose that Christians face this issue in matters of discipleship.  Are we trying to cut out just enough sin to stay out of Hell?  Do we attend just enough worship and service activities to avoid spiritual death?  Is our goal simply to raise children who will not be atheists?  Could it be that regarding the most important issues of spiritual life that we are only concerned with survival.

The Scriptures certainly paint a different portrait.  After describing our hope of resurrection, Paul says in I Cor. 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”  Dorcas is described in similar terms in Acts 9:36, “Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.”

The Psalmist described God as “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness”. As children of God, we should strive for excellence not mediocrity; we should offer abundance not crumbs; we should long for victory not mere survival.



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