Availability is a big issue among us humans. You see it in lots of society’s little dramas:
The teenage girl who’s trying to decide whether to say yes to the offer of one prom date or hold out for an offer from someone higher on the popularity food chain.
The young man struggling with “commitment issues” who can’t make up his mind whether to marry the one girl or stay available for the many.
In sports, the high school coach who is “totally committed” to his team… until the right offer comes from the right college.
We all deal with issues of availability all the time. Should Dad be available for his kid’s soccer game or should he be available to his boss after hours, hoping to get that promotion that will enable him to buy his family a better home or pay for his kid’s college education?
Office politics is all about who’s available to whom and for what. Our whole economic system, in one way of looking at it, is aimed at sorting out who and what will be available to whom.
Why is availability such a big deal? Maybe it’s because availability is about our limitations. I can only be in one place at one time, so I’m forced to choose. If I’m available for one thing, I’m not available for other things. Jesus taught this principle in the simple expression, “No one can serve two masters.”
There’s a pivotal passage of scripture that’s all about availability. In fact, this passage shows that the concept of availability is at the heart of all true Christian living. When we come to Christ, we enter into a life of radical availability to God.
The text is Romans 12:1-2:
1. Therefore, I urge you brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a sacrifice, living, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
I think this text says three things about Availability:
1) Radical Availability to God is the essence of the Christian life.
2) Radical Availability to God makes us unavailable to the world’s influence.
3) Radical Availability to God is the only path to full-fledged, image-bearing humanity.
Over the next few days, I’ll be developing each of these three points. Feel free to comment along the way.