Our lives and the world around us have always naturally been, and probably forever will be, about promoting ourselves, our needs and our desires. If you think about it, Jesus only really promoted what God the Father told him and did not try to bring glory on himself. He was all about giving and doing things for others including a master plan to leave the responsibility of growing the church through a pack of screwballs known as the disciples. If ever Jesus showed faith in man to continue what he started, it was picking those normal guys that made mistakes just like we do even today!
When we think of our daily lives, twenty four hours in a day is not enough time to promote ourselves and God equally. When we focus on making God more popular than ourselves, we operate on a level of grace and power that can never be understood until the decision is made to actually live a life of surrender. Surrender is related to weakness and not pushing or propelling yourself forward in our culture and considered living a life of regression and not advancement. Maybe that was the unsaid meaning of the verses in 1 Corinthians 1:27-29:
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak
things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and
the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that
no one may boast before him."
Learning to live in the world while reflecting the teachings of the Bible is not easy at first. Things can even seem backwards at times with actions that seem contrary to the culture we are immersed in everyday.
I cannot say that I have all of the principles down to a science, but that I am trying everyday to be the man that God wants me to be. To be kind to the angry. To listen to those who feel like they have no one to hear them. To provide love to those who live in confusion in their mind everyday.
Jesus was all about having compassion on people and that only came from putting the needs of others before himself. The least I can do in this life is admire his example and then try to emulate his actions that were louder than any word he ever spoke on this earth.
Have a great week and know that when you give your all to God you will be able to operate on a level that this world cannot understand with power that they will want to be a part of!
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