We know God loves us and designed us exactly how we are, yet we tend to forget or even not like how He designed us.
What gets us down? What distracts us from the truth? Why are we covered in grime?
There are many things, really, so we’ll be looking at them in the coming days. We’ll expose the dirt and start to brush it aside.
We live in a culture that exalts the big names, the money, the stars. We can’t get enough of the fame and fortune.
Trends come and go like the flip of a switch. Technology is outdated before you purchase it.
“Reality” shows are staged. Stylists remodel a room on a home improvement show, and what took weeks or months to accomplish is presented in 22 minutes.
The person with the loudest voice is heard. The one with the most money gets her way.
Extreme is it. If you don’t go all out, you aren’t really living.
Our culture is in direct contrast to the Kingdom of God, where the last will be first and the meek receive a reward.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. Matthew 5:5, The Message
Jesus ignored the pleas to pursue political power. He knew his role was different. He talked to women and children and lepers and the outsiders. He died for us so that we could truly live.
“Blessed is the one … who delights in the law of Lord … He is like a tree planted by streams of water …” Psalm 1
Trees do not grow in 22 minutes. Sure, you could film one growing and package it into a nice little TV show, but Oak trees don’t grow overnight.
(And because of the Internet, you can watch some trees grow in just a couple minutes. It’s absolutely fascinating how long it takes just for the acorn to break open in the first video. The second video shows a larger tree over 5 years. At first, it hardly looks like a tree. At times it looks completely dead, but it’s just dormant for a season.)
The only extreme living Jesus talked about was to deny ourselves and follow Him.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Luke 9:23-25
But, how can we deny ourselves and be OK with ourselves at the same time? The Message gives insight:
Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?” Luke 9:23-25 The Message
Don’t chase this world or our culture of fame, fortune and quick fixes. Don’t even chase God. Just dwell in Him. Delight in Him. Let God define how life is supposed to look and how you are supposed to be.