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You've Been Weighed!

You've Been Weighed!

You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; Daniel 5:27 (NKJV)

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN, was what the finger of God wrote upon the wall of Nebuchadnezzar's castle - telling him, your finished Neb. The literal translation of this divine writing translates to, God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

Nowadays, we would phrase it a little differently, like, "Stick a fork in him - he's done!"  He was basically being told, you don't have what it takes to do the job right.  I was thinking about this verse one Saturday while riding my mountain bike on a church ride.  The ride had been announced as a "beginner ride," but this was up for discussion/debate.  In fact the ride was simply 13 miles in length 6 1/2 up the mountain, and 6 1/2 back down.  Obviously, half of the ride was enjoyable.  

I thought about how I use to ride these same two-track roads on my bike years ago and not really have a hard time, but today it was different.  It just so happened that I had 3 cracked ribs that were roughly 3 weeks into the healing process, so my ability to breathe in deep breaths of badly needed oxygen was being hindered greatly.  I mocked myself the day following the ride when speaking to the congregation, saying, "Hey if you heard me yesterday out on the ride and thought I had a flat tire, that was me breathing, using the Lamaze child bearing breathing techniques."

The truth of it is, I learned a lot on the ride up the mountain as I challenged myself to be steady with my bicycle cadence, my breathing, and just finishing well. I was faced with the reality of not having the abilities I once took for granted years ago, or even weeks ago for that matter.  I guess you could say, I was being weighed and found to be wanting -  oxygen that is!  

Seriously though, there is something very revealing when we face tough challenges as our weaknesses are exposed.  I found myself reminiscing of the years I raced motorcycles in the desert.  When race day came, it was time to take the test with respects to your abilities and conditioning. If you faithfully took the time to properly prepare yourself for the event then you would do well, even when challenges and unforeseen obstacles popped up and hindered your efforts.  My whole emphasis on training was to be disciplined within the race with the main emphasis on finishing well.  

When you think about it, it is the same with our being prepared to do the work of the Lord.  We must be faithful to prepare for the tough times and unforeseen challenges we will face.  If we are reading our Bibles and spending time with the Lord in prayer, seeking His wisdom and discernment daily, then we will be prepared to meet those physical and spiritual obstacles with a humble heart and a properly placed confidence in Christ. Again, we should be setting our goal on being disciplined and finishing well. This is what Paul was speaking of to the Corinthians.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)

In like manner, if we are obeying and abiding, we can be assured that God will use our strengths, but He will also be glorified in our weaknesses if we allow Him to, because our weakness provides the perfect platform for Him to show His amazing strength.

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV)

So in essence, we should train ourselves to be spiritually fit for Christian service - ready to be used at any moment.  But we must understand, that even when we are fit, there will be challenges within our lives revealing how far we have to go.  It is pride for us to believe we can meet any challenge alone without God.  These challenges simply remind us how we should always be fully dependent upon Him (John 15:5).

Hey Christian, we know our flesh will always war against our spirit (1 Peter 2:11), so I want to encourage you to discipline your flesh and bring it under submission (Gal. 5:16; 2Cor 7:1).  It doesn't matter whether we do this through fasting, prayer, setting times of studying the Word, or simply making time to fellowship with other believers and serving the body; we just need to make it a part of our lifestyle.  Remember, it is our reasonable sacrifice as Christian men and women (Rom 12:1).  The last thing we want is to be weighed in our Christian walk and found to be wanting.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from 1 Corinthians 1:27 about how God uses our weakness?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you preparing yourself daily to be used by God?  Are you focusing on finishing strong and running the Christian race well?

APPLICATION: Make it your goal to discipline your flesh regularly.  Write out goals for study times, fasting, fellowship, and praying with God.

Father, thank You for teaching me the lessons I need to learn through my everyday life experience.  Father, help me to continue to crucify the desires of my flesh and to bring it under submission.  Father, thank You for reminding me of my dependence upon You, lest pride make its way into my life.  Help me today with wisdom and discernment, and continue to guide my life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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