As a fun joke, some friends of mine were challenged to a kickball match. The theme song of the challenge video was Fort Minor’s “Remember the Name (parental advisory).” Here are the lyrics from the chorus:
This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!
They got me thinking: what things in our lives are worth adopting this attitude towards? Unfortunately, I have a pretty low pain tolerance. In general, I avoid situations that are uncomfortable for my body, mind or spirit. But I think there might be something to this. The writer of these song lyrics says painful moments outweigh pleasurable moments 10 fold. That doesn’t seem like the kind of life I would enjoy living. But what we see here is an example of someone who sees beyond the current situation. Jesus lived the same way:
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”(Hebrews 12:2).
He set aside everything that felt good and easy so that He could live out the fullness of what The Father had called Him to. Understand, this wasn’t in order to get God’s approval. Rather, this was living from a place of God’s approval. We must be very careful not to twist this into a gospel of works. But James got it right, show your faith by your works (James 2:14-26).
Perhaps, Paul had it right:
“To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:29).
May you work hard in this life with God’s strength so that many, many people can Remember The Name of Jesus.