Sometimes I wonder what my life would look like if I took God more seriously.
Would I still be doing what I’m doing? Would I still be here?
I ponder on this because I think it is really easy to get distracted or to get side tracked by the trivialities of life. It’s really easy to get stuck in our culture that tells us to consume, consume, consume, and to obsess on what we have and don’t have. Industries have built and have spent billions of dollars to convince us of what we must have (i.e. titles, promotions, gadgets, travel excursions, experiences). Friends, families, co-workers, movie stars influence us to the point of envy when we see picture perfect memories immortalized in Instagram.
I write because I see this envy poking out its head in my life…and when envy exists, I find myself becoming more self-absorbed, becoming more self-conscious, which a lot of the time leaves me with no time to think about the welfare of others. It’s easy to get stuck in my own bubble, in my own little world.
But our God is a God of love. It’s in his character, in his nature (Trinity), and we’ve been given the greatest privilege to bear his image. Therefore when I am not loving my neighbor, I am going against God’s very nature and image. I am breaking away from what I was created to be and insulting God’s image.
To love is to be other-oriented. To love is to get involved in all the messiness and pains of the world. To love is to leave the comfort of Heaven and to come down to Earth and die so that all may be saved.
In a sermon, Tim Keller said that when you encounter Jesus you either come out angry or giving up your whole life to Jesus. There’s no in between.
If Jesus is who He says He is and we believe it to be true, then our lives should be wholly devoted to Him. Not just our Sundays, not just our Bible-reading mornings, but all our days — both good and bad, at work, at the gym, wherever we go. We’re talking about eternal life, life and death, not a religion we add into our lives for behavioral modification. If Jesus, however, is not who He says He is, then we should be angry because he’s nothing but a madman who claimed and fooled millions of people that he is God. Keller said that if you haven’t come out either believing in Jesus or angry at Jesus, then you haven’t yet met the real Jesus.
Christianity in many ways is countercultural. It was countercultural then, and it is countercultural now. Yet, in spite of the changes in culture, it thrives even in the midst of different cultures or time around the world. I marvel at how God has allowed this to happen. But (I digress) all of this is to say that our culture now teaches us that life is about me, myself, and I, it’s about consuming, putting as many titles in my name, and finding happiness in collecting sea shells.
My question is, is this really a life worth living? Am I making my life count? Am I making a difference in the world with all this self-absorption? At the end of the day, if I don’t take God seriously, do I actually believe in Him? Or am I merely just a Pharisee who talks the talk and walks the walk?
Jesus is King over all and Lord over all. He is King over my work, over my spending, over my eating, over my decision making, over everything. It’s very easy to forget this in the midst of all the noise, so let’s continue, beloved, to listen to His Word and to run the race He has set before us with our eyes fixed on Jesus.