MVP: The Most Valuable Person in the Lord's Eyes
Last week I wrote Only Lovers Can Be Mighty. Being a lover and a warrior are two sides of the same coin. This week though I was reminded of a fellowship I had with Mr. Danker, an older brother in the Lord, concerning:
Who would be the most valuable person in the Lord's eyes?
Previously I considered being a lover and being the most valuable person as pretty much identical. I mean if you're a lover to someone, then by default, aren't you the most valuable person in that someone's eyes?
Our answer would, of course, be yes. Now let us consider together.
If that lover of yours truly, deeply, fervently, crazily love you, but simultaneously strong in the sense of always insisting upon his/her ways, styles, concepts of values, standards, and opinions; is he/she still practically the most valuable person in your eyes?
Tough question, isn't it? But I would say, practically, NO.
Please do not misunderstand me here. I have not defined the characteristics of a true lover in this post, although I somewhat did in my previous one. Without question, by nature, a true lover will exhibit this characteristic that I'm about to highlight.
Before going more into that, let's talk about being valuable for a moment. The word 'valuable' is literally defined as: of monetary worth and/or of considerable use, service, or importance.
Obviously I'm not talking about monetary worth so let's scratch that. Now we're left with this intrinsic question: Does being lovers guarantee the fact that we would be of considerable use, service, or importance to the Lord?
The answer actually consists of another question: Well, what kind of lovers are we?
"The most valuable person in the Lord's eyes is an open person."
That's what Mr. Danker said when I asked him how we should follow the Lord. He further elaborated how we should be like sailing ships that would just let the wind blows and directs.
At that time, I asked the question because I had fallen in love with the Lord and would like to give myself to follow Him but I didn't know how. Surprisingly to me, the most valuable person is not the most upright person, not the strictest person, not the most devoted.
OPEN is a simple, yet profound word.
I think Mr. Danker's illustration of a sailing ship works best in explaining this open-ness. I know that the sailors have something to do with steering the direction of the sailing ship, but the sailing ship has more or less committed her fate to the wind.
Most people are not comfortable going through twists and turns. Mr. Danker and his wife had found themselves moving around the globe again and again without even intending to do so. He said the Lord had a need and through the fellowship of the Body, he and his wife simply had to move to a new place.
A closed person is a set, settled, and occupied being. There's something in such a person that would refuse a change of direction, an adapting to a new environment. Now what if the Lord has a need, are we, His lovers, going to be adamant about staying put?