Pastor Harley’s Blog     Campus Pastor – Northside

Posted by on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 in Blog

Harley Scalf

Apple products are great (Android/Samsung fans unite!). I really am a fan of their products. Everything seems to integrate well together.

Apple products are great. Their chargers, however, are junk!!! I’ve thought this for quite some time. To be fair, this morning I saw an article on Facebook about the poor quality of Apple chargers, and it gave me the idea for this posting. You can check it out on Buzzfeed at:

Even now, I’m writing this on a Macbook Air with my 3rd power cord (my iPhone has had 3 chargers as well). This one charges for about 30 seconds, quits charging for 7 seconds, then comes back on and charges for 30 more seconds. It repeats until the computer is fully charged…which takes forever, since it’s intermittent and not constant! I should probably contact Apple.

It’s annoying. It’s senseless. It could be so much easier and quicker. It should be easier and quicker!

If I demand such excellence (its really just basic functionality) from a simple power cord, why is it I demand so little of my own faith development? I mean, let’s be honest…most people do discipleship like my cord charges my computer.

We hear a message, listen to a song, or read something that inspires us. We then decide to go deeper in our faith. We’re going to read Scripture. We’re going to pray more. We’re going to tithe. We’re going to serve. We’re going to get involved in mission work.

So, we take a few steps forward in our faith. Praise God! Then, the fire grows dim. It’s too early to read, or we’re too tired just before bed. Our prayer life exists at mealtime only, if that. Something breaks down & tithing moves back down the list. Serving becomes optional. Mission work is relegated to missionaries and pretty much anybody else but us.

So, we find ourselves having charged our spirits for 30 seconds, a couple days, or maybe even a couple weeks. Then, we switch it off. Sound familiar? It does for so many, including yours truly, at times.

Scripture, I believe, speaks against this cyclical model of discipleship. Here’s one example:
“…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2

The truth is, you can sprint through life & faith. You may even finish if you sprint and stop, sprint and stop, sprint and stop…but you won’t finish well. These are marathons. The one who finishes well is the one who runs with endurance, the one who anticipates the wall (that moment when it’s easier to quit/stop than continue running). They keep going. They don’t turn it off.

So, what’s weighing you down? Sin? Lack of discipline (that one hurts me too!)? Something else?

Whatever hinders you, rid yourself of it. This is a race…and it’s a long course. Don’t shut down. Keep going. Push through the wall. Finish well. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and run!

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