Usually most of my posts are pretty wordy. It’s pretty much a rule of my profession. Preachers have a lot to say, and are bound by God to take more words than needed to say it. It’s a spiritual gift. A vocation if you will (see I just proved it with my intro). But this post will flaunt less of my word-smith failures and more of my artistic expertise. All you right-brained eclectic folks with skinny jeans and long hair, I love you. Light some incense, pour a cup of tea, and kick up your Toms. Here is what you’ve been waiting for.
Standing next to God, there’s really nothing to be proud of. Nothing to hold your head high about. Nothing to flex over your neighbor. Except your status as an adopted son and all. But that’s it. Money, authority, dominion, aptitude, skill… throw it all out the door. Because when you look at THE big picture, this “stuff” means nothing.
Let me illustrate for you.
Here is how we look at life (told you I was an artist). It’s just a simply fact that certain things make you bigger, better, and badder in the eyes of man. Leaving some towering in their self-made prominence, and others wallowing in their weaknesses.
But as you begin to focus on God, stuff become less important. In fact, the way you think about your stuff and evaluate yourself changes. The rules of life are slowly transformed, and certain things become evident for the first time.
And the closer you move toward God the more and more you recognize what is truly important. To him and you. You begin to see that you had it wrong the whole time.
And finally, you get blindsided with this sense of how small you are. How helpless you are. How delicate and flimsy and vulnerable you are. And really, how humble and dependant you should be. And it all makes sense. Because standing next to God, we all look the same. And only one thing matters. And it certainly isn’t talent, wealth, intellect, power, or affluence.
You can use other words if you want to. Certain ones fit our illustration just as well as any others.
The beauty of it all is that when you get to this point of humility and dependence, and you begin to realize what doesn’t matter, you also begin to realize what does matter.