I turned off the radio and sat in silence in my Jeep to soak up what the Holy Spirit was saying to my heart:
“Stop maintaining your image and maintain My image.”
I was struck by how much energy I have put into managing my own image; struck by humility, I mean.
It was truly embarrassing when I realized how many minutes, how much energy, how much focus I have put into forming an image!
Yet, when I committed my life to God, I vowed to die to myself and let Him live through me.
Words? Yes. Action? Not much, until recently.
This past year has been one lesson after another, one revelation after another, showing me what the Christian life is supposed to be.
A life fraught with worries over what other people think of me, what they are saying about me, how I will get my next job, how I will stand up next to those I admire and who I want to be like has consumed all the time I could have been using to manage God’s image.
What vanity! What waste!
Last May I embarked on a makeover of my entire life from my heart, to my mind to my body. Some of the resources God put in my path were books that I have devoured. I’ve posted them in My Bookshelf if you want to see what I’ve been reading (click on any of the books to purchase them through Amazon).
Anyway, I’m changing. First, my heart changed. Looking back, I see I needed a complete realignment in that area! God revealed that everything, my decision-making paradigm, my thought processes, the logic (and lack thereof) was all skewed by a faulty understanding of what it means to let Jesus be LORD.
I learned that as our Savior, He is the rescuer, the one who pulls us out of the pain, the suffering and the quicksand. But to answer to His commands as LORD and Master, well, that’s a whole different thing altogether!
As Americans, we don’t like to be told what to do. Our image management expends much of our energy. Unfortunately, our national pride seeped into our doctrine. We have Americanized our creeds and given our faith a freedom makeover.
Repent with me! Let’s go back to the Word of God and realign our Christian faith, beliefs and actions to His holy standards!
The Old Testament Prophet Hosea said,
“Come, let us return to the LORD, for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, be He will bind us up. Let us know,let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD, His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.”
This is a good start. I’m still working on my heart condition, most specifically the words that come out of my mouth. I created a group on Facebook called 28-Day Challenges to engage others in my pursuit of holiness. This month’s event is called, “Be Still” and focuses on silencing our tongues in order to hear the heart of others and of God.