Over and over again, I am brought to the consider the many and the few. The few have been those ordinary men and women who exchanged their own lives for a new life. They did not simply make some changes and adjustments in their lives in order to include Christian activities, beliefs, and practices, while still living much the same as those of the world. These have been those Christians throughout the ages, who have truly become new creatures in Christ. There is no “I, me, or mine” left in them. These are the ordinary, made new, with only Jesus remaining. I cannot, in and of myself, come to extraordinary faith as long as it is “I” who am trying. I can no more do this than I can perform brain surgery on myself. One of the great Christian Fathers, Saint John Climacus, opened his incredible ascetic treatise with this enduring writing.
“Our God and King is good, ultra-good and all-good. (it is best to begin with God in writing to the servants of God.) Of the rational beings created by Him and honored with the dignity of free-will, some are His friends, others are His true servants, some are worthless, some are completely estranged from God, and others, though feeble creatures are equally His opponents.”
After a bit of incredibly profound writing, Abba John goes on to say this about the few, those that he calls “true servants.” “By true servants of God we mean all those who tirelessly and unremittingly do and have done His will.”
It is my prayer this evening, that the Lord take any remaining self from me and cast it into the fire where it belongs. I pray I may become one of the few, the “true servants,” of God. I pray deeply to come from the ordinary, the common, the many, to become broken bread and poured out wine, to live a life of extraordinary faith, with only God’s will left in me. Might you join me?
Yours in Christ,