When you look at your life and you don’t like what you see, what do you do with it? Is this a question you ask yourself?
I am sure this is a question we all ask ourselves to some degree. A season we don’t understand, or a circumstance that doesn’t comply with our desires for predictability and simplicity can be all it takes to change how we look at life. We can begin to wonder what to make of mysteries we never considered before.
You may be wondering, as I often have, is it okay to question God like this? But, think about it, even when we are questioning Him, we are considering God. Maybe we have never shown such interest in Him before, never dreaming that we would have reason to, yet unexpected circumstances or handicaps of weakness drastically alter our normal inclinations. Count this as a blessing.
God could just leave us exactly as we are, content to let us move on, growing as we see the need, or He could nudge us along to a place we would never have dreamed would be necessary to learn to love God more.
Yet, haven’t we been through enough by now, to know that God knows us well. When He looks at us, He doesn’t just see what we’re proud of, or what we’re ashamed of, but what is an obstacle to us.
And what are the obstacles that are the most threatening to us and who we want to be? According to Him, they are the ones that come under the heading of false beliefs, doubts, fears, bitterness, anger, un-forgiveness, living without self-control — all manner of sins that are responsible for the separation between us and God.
If you are a Christian, this would include sins that you are no longer condemned for in the eyes of God, but that He still wants to correct in you. Grace is what you live by, but it is also what you strive by — seeking to allow it to take over your heart, and encourage you to honestly subject yourself to God and grow in the glories of His righteousness.
If you are not a believer, than this would apply to the very person that you are; you have not died to the life you live for sin and been raised to life in the Spirit according to the righteousness of Christ. God cannot forgive you until you will see yourself as the person that Jesus Christ came to save — a sinner in need of righteousness from God to cover his sins and declare him to be a new being, conceived of God, and not of the spiritually-impotent efforts of man.
In either regard this news is not very complimentary, but the gospel is not meant to flatter us, but to free us. What we do when we don’t like what we see in our lives is look at ourselves; ought we not to worry more about ourselves than what goes on around us that is beyond our control?
That is what God’s Word would appear to say to us. For, when did Jesus ever encourage His followers to embrace world-change, or take up a crusade when they faced unfortunate circumstances? He didn’t. He wanted to seek Him, and His already-conceived kingdom rather than throwing their lives into erecting temporary solutions to a problem that is solved in Him.
Our world does not need more orphanages, options or outposts, but more out-stretched individuals who realize their need for more than themselves, and nothing less than Christ.