The Least, First

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Why we live

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hear Segovia play on Last FMMy co-pastor, Sharon, and I were talking over a sentence from a professor:

The preacher exists for the people.

We disagreed with him. The preacher, like any human, exists because God loves him or her. He/she exists for friendship with God. End of story.

And yet . . .

I’m reading Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus. McLaren tells of a young camp kid whom he, years earlier, had encouraged to play the guitar. The student took him (and himself) seriously, excelled, was chosen to be one of the last students of the master Segovia. And the student became a master himself, inheriting a bit of his teacher’s mantle.
Masters, according to McLaren, do three things: They practice, for their master is never complete. They perform, inviting others into the beauty they know. And they take students, imparting what they have.

You see the analogy.

We have been taught by the Master (as Georgann observed here). Now, we continue to learn and grow as he teaches us more through his spirit. We have the privilege of playing the music of life with him – and with each other – everywhere we go. And, we’ll have the joy of imparting what we’ve been given to certain others who will come behind us.

No, the preacher doesn’t exist for the people – only God can claim that place. But like the musician, the preacher (indeed, every follower of Jesus) has the privilege of moving more deeply into the Master’s life, of playing out its beauty wherever he or she is, and of taking on a few others who have caught a glimpse of the beauty and want to learn to play it, too.

What a life!


Written by Monte

June 28, 2006 at 11:46 am

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  1. We live to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. John Piper says we live to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.


    June 29, 2006 at 9:20 pm

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