I thought about these areas and wondered, in how many of them I have reached “Status Quo” and just stopped because isn’t status quo sufficient? The truth is, I had and I have more to give, so why stop?
In 2 Timothy, Paul writes about his suffering and chains and how everyone in Asia had deserted him. He then tells about a man named Onesiphorus, for which he has great thanks. “May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.” ~2 Timothy 1:16-17
“OFTEN” and “UNTIL” – Two unmistakably powerful words in this scripture. Onesiphorus went above and beyond to care for a man who most people are ashamed of. You see, it wasn’t about what he didn’t do. We can all ignore something or people, or even keep our judgements to ourselves, and pat ourselves on the back for that. But Onesiphorus OFTEN REFRESHED Paul. He searched hard for Paul UNTIL he actually found him.
If anything, this gratefulness Paul has for Onesiphorus is a great example of the word, truth, grace, and love coming to Life and being poured out. When Onesiphorus looked outside himself, status quo no longer existed. It wasn’t about what he did being sufficient, or looking good to others, or evening earning recognition, but it was about Paul who was in need. Onesiphorus saw Paul and knew he had something to give.That is how I want to Live in all areas of my life!
When status quo is insufficient, when we actually go above and beyond, Life happens.
Why hold back? Go for it, Live…