Excellent post by Mark Driscoll:
A loving and generous Father once bought his son a shiny new bicycle. With a broad smile, the Father surprised the son and rolled it out and handed it to him.
Strangely, rather than looking happy, the son looked anxious. Rather than riding the bike, he stepped away from it in fear.
The Father asked the child what was wrong. The son replied, “Father, I cannot ride the bike. All around the world there are missionaries who do not have a bike. I would like to give them my bike so that they can ride it to unreached peoples and preach the gospel. The Father replied, “If you simply ask me, I am glad to also give you a second bike to give to a missionary.”
Yet, rather than simply riding the bike, the son continued to argue with his Father, saying, “I would much prefer an older bicycle. This one is shiny and new. It makes me look proud if I ride it.” The Father explained, “If I want you to ride the bike I gave you, and you are more concerned about what others think of you as you ride it than my joy in seeing you enjoy my gift to you, then you may look humble to them, but I know there is pride in your heart because you are living for their approval instead of my joy.”
Also Worth Reading
Church Life: How Mature Should New Members Be?
Evangelism: Ministry to the Partially Evangelized
Technology & Culture: “I Just Texted to Say ‘I Love You’” (HT: Trevin)
In Case You Missed It
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
An excerpt from Awaiting a Savior: “We Cannot Separate What We Believe From What We Do”
Thomas Watson: Three Things Jesus Prays for Us
A.W. Pink” “Your Thoughts of God Are Too Human“