Corban according to Mark 7:11 means given to God.
Around 15 years ago about this time of the year, I was a man recently born-again and devoted to the religion of Christianity … I was entrenched by my desire to return to God what He had given me and I was in pursuit of being righteous … no, self-righteous … and of the pride and glory that comes from being recognized in my church for my performance.
I was in bondage to religion and my need to meet its expectations.
At that time, one of my granddaughters came to spend the week with us … at the end of the week she asked, ‘Does Papa work at the church?’ I had been at the church virtually every night of her visit.
Oh … wisdom from the mouth of babes.
Church council secretary, chairman of the bookstore ministry, Young Life leader, Young Life small group leader, Saturday night prayer team, Men’s Ministry leader, Men’s small group leader … in a growing church of 1,000 plus and growing …
I can remember doing parking lot patrol one evening for Young Life club and realizing … ‘I don’t remember sensing the presence of Jesus lately’. I was supposedly feeding all these folks Scripture … but really … what qualified me to do so? And who was feeding me and helping me to grow?
I remember telling Corban, the Youth Pastor (he hated that title) and our leader in Young Life, that I had just picked up another hat to wear at church, and while I don’t remember the exact question he asked at the time … I do remember thinking at the time, ‘Yes, perhaps I’m doing too much.’
And so I began the search for a mentor … someone more experienced in the walk of faith (not the rites of religion) than I who could share what he had learned in walking the narrow path, who would teach me and help me grow in my faith (the IN Christ concept was not yet a reality for me), who would challenge me. Of course, I would need to make the decision to allow him the right to do all those things … I would need to respect him. But first and foremost I would need to find him.
And thus began my search began to find someone older and more experienced in the walk of faith to help me grow …
Lord willing, in the coming days I will share the rest of the story …