Bible Studies for Life Lesson for May 22- Pursue God-s Agenda
May 9 2011 by Jim Grieme, pastor, Watkins Chapel Baptist Church

Focal Passages: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Galatians 1:6-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

I grew up hearing the phrase, “making mountains out of mole hills!”

After hearing my mother say this while at my grandparent’s farm, I decided to check this out for myself. To say the least, I was very disappointed.

I found that a mole hill is little more than a shell of dirt over a hole. When you try to “make” anything out of it, it collapses in on itself — leaving you with a “partially filled” hole.

So, right away I could not understand how anyone could ever make a “mountain” out of this thing.

Of course, the most unpleasant aspect of this “mole hill” scenario is this: when the little dude who lives in the “mole hill” (the mole) runs out of his hole in the direction of the eight-year-old construction engineer, he then “makes” this budding project manager go running for mommy and grandma!

As humans, we have a tendency to allow the small things to obscure much bigger things.

Our lives are thrown into a tizzy because of bad job or health news, an unexpected bill, or we want our way and there is something or someone possibly preventing it.

If we are too close to something, what is behind it (or what is coming) is obscured.

If we allow something to “gain the high ground,” then we lose the ability to see over it.

Paul’s emphasis in the three passages this week is Christ: His importance, His position, His gospel and His church.

It is Christ who stands over all things and who controls every aspect of our lives.

Like a master engineer, He has designed every incident we will experience.

He understands our “tolerances” (he knows we are like the dust), so He custom designs our circumstances so they will never exceed our fragile limitations.

In God’s kingdom, performance is not as important as faithfulness. Since He controls our circumstances, God does not expect His people to be controlled by them.

Rather, obedience is the benchmark by which everything we do will be measured. Our ability to accomplish our tasks rests in our ability to follow Christ.

He, then, must be the most recognizable and familiar person in our lives, since our relationship with Him allows us our confidence.

To further demonstrate His wisdom, He has placed us among others who win, lose, struggle and cry just like we do.

As we pursue God, let’s not forget we lead as we follow.

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