day 15 – full of it

Job 4 : 17-21

“‘How can mere mortals be more righteous than God?
    How can humans be purer than their Creator?
Why, God doesn’t even trust his own servants,
    doesn’t even cheer his angels,
So how much less these bodies composed of mud,
    fragile as moths?
These bodies of ours are here today and gone tomorrow,
    and no one even notices—gone without a trace.
When the tent stakes are ripped up, the tent collapses—
    we die and are never the wiser for having lived.’”

I have, as I am sure many of you do, multiple people in my who feel very strongly about their beliefs. To be honest, I definitely have some pretty strong opinions about certain topics as well, although I sometimes try more so to keep them to myself than not.

When it comes to life, many seem to feel pretty confident about what Jesus would or would not do. And, even more confident to tell others when they are getting it wrong.

The problem is, that we can often miss what He IS doing because we spend so much time putting our own twist on what we think we should, or want to, see.

We pretty much are all hypocrites to some degree. Throughout our lives, we will each end up contradicting ourselves at one time or another – it’s human nature. The most interesting piece for me is that when we pull our junk, we think we can justify it – none of us is as bad as, or as negatively motivated as, THAT guy. It’s all white noise, really, with each of us happily coiled up behind our own personal bents and opinions, prepared with a complete arsenal of proof that our ideologies are purposeful, meaningful, well thought out and correct.

The litmus test for believers needs to be the Word of God. Sure, there are different ways that His work can be done, in the end, however, we CAN all be in agreement with the WHAT, and with that fun little grace word, hopefully we can all agree to disagree with the HOW.

 

How much more would get done if each of us just went out and did our part?

How much more peace would there be if we let one another walk their own journey?

How much more loudly could the love of Jesus be heard if the din of our own ideologies was silenced by the activity of our hands?

I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more I learn, and the more I realize I need to learn. For who among us is truly wise??

Only one.

 

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