Cabin or Choir?

“Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

Hebrews 2:8-9

I remember when I attended youth camp, we had a break after lunch where we had to either go to choir or to our cabin. I thought this choice was a no-brainer as I would gladly go to my cabin to take a nap instead of belting out a chorus of “do-re-me”. If you hung out too long outside of the lunch hall, you would have a young counselor get in your face and say, “cabin or choir?!” I would laugh as they said it as it was usually the weeniest of counselors trying to impose their will on you. I would brush them off and tell them to chill out as I would walk toward my cabin. I honestly despised these counselors and would mock them as I walked away. 

Fast forward eight years when I took a group of teens to the same camp because I wanted them to experience the life-changing decisions that I experienced in my camp years. The camp was at the same location I had attended, and the preaching was still red hot. I was excited for the camp week as I knew God would do a work in the lives of the young people. I stayed in a cabin with all of the rest of the campers, but refused to use their shower and toilet as you can imagine the Petri dish it was. 

I was headed back from lunch one day when I was approached by a counselor who I thought was going to ask me a question. She looked me dead in my eye and stated, “Cabin or choir?!” I mischievously smiled and walked to my cabin. I wanted to check this 18-year-old counselor and tell her I was a grown man and not some pimple faced adolescent. I wanted to say that I could do whatever I want and could even get in my car and leave this place. I was a bit upset at the time, but I now find it humorous and wish someone would accuse me of being a pimple-faced adolescent at this stage in my life.

I think of our Lord who came to this earth from His heavenly throne. I think of the questions the angels may have asked, and the puzzled look on their faces as He told them of His plan to redeem mankind. He would take on flesh and experience everything His creation would experience. He would be mocked and spit on by those whom He would die for. He would be obedient to His Father and would humble Himself to the point of becoming a man and dying for the sins of mankind. He was not worried about His reputation or status, but instead was focused solely on His Father’s will who loved the world enough to send His Son.Philippians 2:8 states, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”He tasted death, so that we would have the opportunity to live with Him forever.

Are you easily offended or puffed up due to your improper view of self? Are you angered when you feel mistreated or do you easily just brush it off? Do you realize the humility of the Son of Man? Do you realize the great sacrifice He paid for your sins? Have you accepted His gift of eternal life? Do you know He knew all about you, yet still choose to love you in spite of you? Whenever we are offended, may we remember the One who was despised and rejected but yet died for us with joy. Cabin or choir, pride or humility – which will you choose? 

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