world wide web of hell
the will of god
absurdity of christ
that which no longer is
tithe vs grace
redefining of faith
holiness and godliness
judgment seat of christ
heaven and eternity
Don't kid yourself ... this is the way we have learned to operate in this world. The sooner you realize it the sooner you can get out of the rut. Deny it and it will continue to be your mode of operation. I know this from personal experience ... not just from years ago, but from my experiences today.
Do you think you don't care what people think about you? No, you've only learned to cope ... a necessary function as long as you live by the same elementary principles as the rest of the world. It's easy to disregard the opinions of those you deem as inferior, but what about those you view as equal or better than yourself? Now that's a different story, isn't it? The simple fact is that you will spend your whole life and all your resources trying to prove that you are "worthy" ... that you are a somebody.
You may have been raised to prove yourself by your material possessions, your intellectual superiority, your abilities, your accomplishments, your brute strength, your wit and cunning, your appearance, your heritage, your employment, etc.
You may try to show it by being the best of the best or the baddest of the bad or the smartest of the smart or the richest of the rich. As long as you can be the king of your little world you will be satisfied. If your world is too big for you then you will whittle it down until you are able to control it. Well, keep your whittling knife handy because you're gonna need it on your endless search for satisfaction.
What if Jesus really did accomplish satisfaction for us in what He did? What if it really makes no difference what somebody thinks about you? What if you have nothing to prove? What if you could really accept others through the reality of Christ?
I'm talking about the difference between TRYING to convince yourself that opinions don't affect you and the reality that those opinions have no real power.
I'm talking about the difference between your belief that you need to stand up for yourself and the reality of knowing that someone ALREADY did.
I'm talking about the difference between viewing yourself by your own adopted set of values and standards and viewing yourself as you REALLY are in the scope of Christ, and Him crucified: Dead or Alive? Old or New? Sinner or Saint? Of the world or of God?
I know that it SEEMS more complicated than that, but that sense of complexity is only an illusion. You are either trying to PROVE to your world that you are "somebody" or you are resting in the reality that He has made you somebody.
So, how much wasted effort are you engaged in right now?
Until next time .....
the shovel (aka "Jim")