Humble or Victim?

woman singing on stage

I found myself singing this song today… and then the lyrics gave me pause:

I need you Jesus, to come to my rescue

Where else can I go?

There’s no other name by which I am saved.

Capture me with grace. I will follow you.

This world has nothing for me. I will follow you.

Great song. It felt so right and good to sing to the Lord and voice my esteem for Him. And yet, as I reached that last line, I winced.

This world has nothing for me. I will follow you.

How many people have I met who took the mindset that they are not intended for this world and as a result became relatively useless people?

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It’s one thing to commit one’s self to service, forgoing salaries and titles and possessions. The choice to live a life of humble service can be honorable.

I’m concerned with a subset of our self-professing Christian community who love to talk about how this world is not their home, and who ultimately contribute very little to the world – creating nothing, innovating nothing, serving very few, loving even fewer. “This world has nothing for me” shouldn’t turn into a passive isolationist lifestyle. Remember what happened to the steward who buried his talent and dug it up to give back to the master untouched.

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