OK, I confess: I am just a nasty, old, rotten, wicked sinner who, for some reason known only to God in His sovereignty, has been saved by the wondrous grace of our Lord.
I know many of you who read this article think I have attained some type of spiritual plateau that automatically makes me closer to God. All you have to do is call my wife, and she will set you straight. In reality, there is no spiritual distance between you and me. Sometimes I even get mad at God — especially when I think I've missed my due recognition. Even when I watch movies or read the Bible, I notice those who don't get the acknowledgment they deserve.
Let me give you some examples:
Have you ever watched “Star Wars”? In all six movies, you will notice the same thing. R2-D2 is always there to save the day. That hunk of metal can whip out any gadget from electric zappers to bottle openers; save Luke or his father, Anakin; and still manage to rescue the princess. R2-D2 is the unsung hero every time.
At the end of each episode, the little droid always gets repaired, but where is his trophy? Where is the ceremony honoring him? R2-D2 never earns rewards along with Luke and Han. No one cheers after he saves the day.
I have R2-D2 syndrome. I'm always out to save the day. I'm the one who gets Luke Skywalker out of his messes. If it weren't for me, every story would have a different ending. But in the end, I sit on the sideline being repaired while others get the parade, the thanks and the accolades.
Yes, God continues to use me, but I need repairs because I struggle with pride. I told you I was just a nasty, old, rotten, wicked sinner. Nothing demonstrates that better than the way I get mad when I think someone doesn't appreciate me or my contributions.
The other day I was reading the story of David and Goliath, and I came across 1 Samuel 17:28, where David's oldest brother, Eliab, asked, “And with whom have you left the sheep in the wilderness?” Knowing that David was a responsible young man who would not leave the flock unattended, I wondered: Whom did David choose to care for his sheep? Verse 20 reveals the answer: David left the flock with someone known only as a “keeper.”