Mission Stories

Back To Tribal Council…

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.

So go ahead – vote!

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3 replies »

  1. Jody it never ceased to amaze me the insight you see in all things…I know the Holy Spirit indwells in you…Praise God.

  2. Jody Beth, you are so right on the money(he he):0)!!!!!!!

    I’m telling you – you need to be saving all of these to put into a book! You certainly have the gift of writing and insight.

    love you girl!

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