“Everybody wants to rule the world … not everyone is willing to rule their own heart.”
Watching the news this morning, there was a story about Elon Musk and his mission to arrive at planet Mars before NASA. Having recently visited the NASA Goddard facility in Maryland, I am freshly captivated by the innate desire humankind has for conquering and overcoming. From the beginning of civilization, our nature seems drawn to stretching our tent stakes, discovering new lands, and often overthrowing anyone in our way of taking a new territory for ourselves.
We are divinely designed for curiosity, and fatally flawed by delusions of grandeur.
Being created in the image of God, it is easy to understand how quickly our personal pride can keep us from achieving that which we were designed to. When we try to operate our machines (self) without referring to the owners manual (Bible), we can quickly find ourselves lost in this big old universe.
What if our desire to discover is intended to be filled in our pursuit of the mysteries of God? As a man is initially drawn to the enigma of his woman, and a woman longs to understand the heart of her man, so does intimate relationship with an eternal God present infinite opportunity for endless discovery of love, joy and true power.
“One of the greatest obstacles to holy living is the mismanagement of grace. To believe that we can live as we please with no consideration of the law is to deny the very essence of Christ’s life and final sacrifice.” – Heather Valeria Eder
Paul said in the New Testament that all things were permissible but not all things are beneficial. Many in the church today not only choose to filter the Bible through their personal choices, but deeply condemn those who decide to live lives instead, filtered through the lens of biblical truth. The result is a culture that screams for grace while it decries the absolute truth that Jesus said he came to FULFILL the law, not abolish it.
While reading passage after passage about temple measurements and generational lineage in the Old Testament can often feel tedious at best, it is perhaps the single greatest picture we have of the magnitude of what Christ did for us – the chasm between where we are spiritually, and where we need to be to be to experience full relationship with God, is insurmountable. Only when we see how far short we truly fall, can we even begin to walk in the gratitude of the enormity of the distance Jesus covered for us.
Do not neglect the weightier matters as the Pharisees and Sauducees did – your heart’s condition and holiness of living are the very freedom’s Christ died for.
So many times I have prayed and asked for God to close a door to something I already knew was outside of His will. A relationship I had allowed to become unholy, a temptation that I knew didn’t align with God’s best for me … It’s easy to say we are trying to submit our lives to God, but so often we already know the truth so we try to “wait on the Lord,” to do the heavy lifting, knowing He has already been clear in His Word. God doesn’t just want to tell us what to do; He wants us to learn to live holy, submitted lives. To seek and find. To not only read His Word, but to allow it to become a part of who we are.
Only when we weigh all things against His holiness, do we find fullness of freedom in this life of faith.