The career that I work in is building construction. I have seen up-close several homebuilding companies go bust because the over-ambition of the owners led them to reach for too much too fast. These company owners wanted to be recognized as big-time players in the building industry…and instead of using sound business practices, a sustainable plan for steady growth, and some humility…they were caught over-extended in terms of unsold product inventory during an economic downturn…which took down their company along with all of their employees as well.
1 John 2:16-17 speaks about this character tendency found within worldly conventional normalcy and thinking: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Jesus did not…could not…fit-in with the religious leadership in Jerusalem…because a God-composed journey of faith resides above the worldly conventionality of the lusts and the pride of life described in 1 John 2:16-17 (Mt. 9:12-13; Jn. 11:47-48).
Jesus Christ the Son of God’s first advent on earth is to be the Passover Lamb of God sacrifice for the sins of the world. Doing the will of God of 1 John 2:17 perfectly…is not to conform to the worldliness that passes away. Doing the will of God is what abideth forever…and Jesus the divine Son of God completes His mission perfectly.
In the biblical narrative stories of faith…God raises up Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon Ruth, Samuel, David, Solomon, Esther and Mordecai, and Daniel…to name a few…to positions of leadership, power, responsibility, and elevated status.
But in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we see the remarkable capacity of God to step down off His throne of glory in heaven to inhabit a life-script that is the opposite of “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” ending in a crown of thorns and the cross on Calvary Hill for our salvation.
This I believe broadens our understanding of Paul’s brilliant analogy to the foot, the hand, the ear, and the eye of 1 Corinthians 12:15-18…and the often missed 1 Corinthians 4:9.
Our callings today as Spirit-born Christians may or may not be as spectacular as the stories of some of the men and women of faith in the Bible…but God Himself set the standard for greatness in the lifescript of Jesus Christ according to the low road in terms of worldly status…the suffering servant of Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53…therein producing the greatest blessing for mankind for all eternity.