I’m not a huge fan of Survivor although my husband loves to watch every season. It was on last night – so I agreed to watch it with him. It’s odd – being on an island and watching a show about surviving on an island!
I’m watching as the teams – Old versus Young – compete against each other. As usual, the tribe that loses then has to vote someone off at Tribal Council. Before and during the battle, the team rallies together as a big family so they can win the task at hand. However, if their team loses – WATCH OUT!! There is no more family but every man for himself.
As I watched the Tribal Council Meeting, I was amazed at how brutal these team-mates can be –all for the sake of the big cash prize at the end of the game! The host of the show – Jeff – – asked each player if they’re the weakest one? One by one they all say – NO. But last night when the question came to coaching legend – Jimmie Johnson – He said yes – he’s weak. At that point, his fate was sealed and he was voted off.
I think as Christians we try to live in harmony as much as possible. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if our churches or jobs or even families held their own tribal council meetings to vote someone off the “island”. We’d probably say this would be a ridiculous task, and yet you know it happens everyday where someone is “shut out” or given the cold shoulder by a “brother” in Christ.
If it were me, how would I fair? I think, “What strengths would I carry? Why should I get to stay over someone else? Am I the weakest player?”
I’m glad that I only have to worry about God’s Council – and he won’t vote me off His island! He redeemed me and calls me His own. My salvation doesn’t require a heroic act on a beach with sand in uncomfortable places… To God the weak are made strong..
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (New International Version)
9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
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