“God has made humans to reflect Him, but if they do not commit themselves to Him, they will not reflect Him but something else in creation. At the core of our being we are imaging creatures. It is not possible to be neutral on this issue: we either reflect the Creator or something in creation.” Greg Beale
We are God’s masterpieces! We are created in His image and are designed to reflect Him and bring glory and honor to His name.
It is so easy, however, to let other things in life hold a higher value than God. If God is not constantly magnified in our lives, we can begin to lose sight of all he has done. God has blessed us all so immensely and instead of purely thanking God for those blessings, we can start to focus on the blessings and make those the ultimate instead of God himself. We are created with the desire to worship something/someone, but we have to choose what/who.
“And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles…They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” Romans 1:23-25
We are not the only people to struggle with keeping our focus on God and not just what he can give us. Paul revealed to the Romans that they struggled with this as well. The truth is, we all have a God-sized hole in our hearts and if we don’t fill it with Him, we will naturally search to fill it with something else…money, possessions, relationships, fame, addictions, etc.
When we look to things of this world or even the blessings of God to fill the “identity hole” in our lives, we stop reflecting God.
So maybe today you are feeling unfulfilled. Maybe today you are having an identity crisis and are left, at the end of the day, feeling empty. It might be time to ask yourself who or what you are filling that God-sized hole up with? What takes up most of your attention and time? What are your pursuits? What would your bank account say is most important to you?
Answering these questions will give you a good idea of what truly is most important to you. Everyday we have a choice to either keep God in the center of our lives or allow temporal substitutes creep in.
Keep God first. It will help everything else make sense.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
It’s funny how divisive church can be even amongst christians. But we need to learn and grow from each other…we need to be able to have productive conversations about our differences with the goal of pointing people towards Christ. Soooo…I have two simple questions to ask that probably aren’t too easy to answer.
What is your favorite thing about church?
And on the flip side, what is your least favorite thing about church?
(these can be answered either from a local sense or globally, the church at large.)
|| Let’s get this conversation started. ||
“Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” Matthew 26:50
How often do we embrace the storm we may know is coming or one we are already in?
Probably not too often.
It’s counterintuitive. A storm is something to avoid so, therefore, we do everything we can to avoid the storm. It’s amazing, when we look at Jesus’ life, the response he had when the storm came.
He embraced it.
Seems a little crazy, right? But let’s look at how he got to that point.
A few verses early in Matthew 26, Jesus goes to pray in Gethsemane with his disciples. He knows a storm in coming. The amazing thing to me is that Jesus essentially asks God to “let this cup pass from me.” three separate times that night. He doesn’t want the impending storm either.
This should tell you and I that there is nothing wrong with not wanting to enter a storm or trial. They are obviously not fun and are very challenging seasons. But most of the time they are unavoidable and necessary. And what Jesus says after asking for the cup to pass is the real crux of this post…
“Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
He embraces the storm.
Again, how was he able to say that?
By abiding in the Father. Jesus had a very close and in-tune relationship with God. He was very connected to the will of God. Because of this close relationship, He trusted that God knew best. He had confidence that no matter what storm may be coming, that God is still in control and there is a reason for what we are going through.
This is such a great example for you and I to mimic when we are facing a storm. Stay close and in-tune with Jesus. Abide is the Father’s love. Trust that his ways are better than ours. Know that he is fully in control and truly does love you and care about you. We won’t always know the reasons why we go through the things that we do, and truthfully, we don’t always need to. We just need to be able to trust that God is God and we are not.
So if you are facing a storm today, embrace it. Press in to Jesus and rest in his presence. He will see you through. Cause as you know with Jesus, he did die on the cross, but he rose again and became the Savior of the world and the redeemer for you and me.
One of my goals for this blog is that it is a place where a community of people can come and journey this life together. A place where we can help inspire and encourage one another.
So, with that in mind, what words of wisdom or quote has greatly impacted your life?
It doesn’t have to pertain to any certain topic and you may have more than one…that’s all great.
Leave them in the comments below so that we can all be inspired and be better together.