The view from the bassline – day six at Detling 2010
I don’t know how events like Detling are for you, but for many folk they’re times of refreshing, times of hearing new things from God, times of reinvigorating and receiving new inspiration.
I started the week by remembering visits to Stoneleigh Bible week and aspiring to be doing what the musicians there were doing.
It’s easy for each one of us to make comparisons between ourselves and other people but this kind of exercise rarely ends well; either we consider ourselves better than they are in some way or other (in which case we get full of pride and take offense with God and other people for the opportunities they have that we should have been given) or we consider ourselves worse than them (in which case we disqualify ourselves and want to give up).
In the parable of the talents in the Bible (it’s recorded in Matthew chapter 25) Jesus told that a man gave 1 ‘talents’ (34.3 kilos) of gold to one of his servants, 2 to another and 5 to a third.
The guy who was given 5 managed to make 5 more and was commended for it.
The guy who was given 2 managed to make 2 more and was commended for that too.
Usually when I hear this story talked about the focus is on the man who was given one; he buried it to ‘keep it safe’ and he was not commended for it!
But I want to think about the guy who was given 2 and managed to earn 2 more; his boss didn’t tell him off for making only 2 more when the other guy made 5 more – he was commended for making the 2. I wonder if he was on the same journey as the guy who made 5 …just not so far along ..and I wonder whether the next time he wouldn’t be given 4 or 5 (having proved he could handle 2 wisely).
It’s not for us to compare ourselves with each other – especially not since there will always be someone better than us – if we do so we risk losing faith in God and especially in the journey He is taking each one of us on.
If, like me, you come to the end of Detling with a new resolve to press on into all that God has for you then don’t write yourself off but keep on in the journey – and I’ll see you somewhere along the road.