Worshiping the Creation…

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Lord, I am so tired of trying to fit in!

Romans 1: 24-25 “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

As I sat flipping through pages of some terribly over priced magazine I could not help but notice how obsessed we are with the body human. As God’s ultimate creation we pour all our energy into bringing our bodies into submission, forcing it to twist and bend to shape it as we desire, adorn it with fine clothing and jewelry and such…in effort to make it appealing to others. Most people work toward that end goal. Albeit, there has always been a segment of our society that has worshiped the human body. We don’t need any extensive or elaborate study to prove this point. Just look at what comes out of Hollywood. Nevertheless, we spend tons of money, and time to carve out an image that appeals to others and that conveys a very specific message about our personality, attitude and such. We start at a young age and by age 14 we are so obsessed with our appearance that we look down on others that don’t look like us.

In these last days, …as Christians we are just as guilty on focusing so much attention on our physical appearance.

1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)

“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

We should know better. It’s one thing to eat healthy and exercise to stay fit and such…it’s another thing to measure the worth of God’s creation by mere appearance.

Matthew 23:25-26 (NKJV)

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee,first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

James 2:3 (NKJV)

“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

I see Dead People!

“I see dead people.” said the little boy. The 1999 movie, The Sixth Sense, sent chills up my back when I figured out the plot to the movie…the psychologist was dead, but he did not know it. The boy did not like the fact that he could see dead people. Who could blame him?  In the movie, I don’t recall if it was some kind of special, spiritual gift that the little boy possessed that gave him the ability to see dead people, but I imagine it would be pretty creepy.

Imagine, as Christian believers, we walk among the spiritually dead all our lives and rarely do they creep us out. If anything we enjoy their company. However, the Lord said He came to separate.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Mat. 10:34-39

He was clear when he said “we were in the world, but we are not of this world.” And that we cannot separate ourselves from the world, but we are to steer clear of other “believers” who mock God with their contradictory lifestyles and we all know one or two Christians that cuss like sailors, are having an affair, or are just mean… seriously lacking in God’s love and compassion. As fellow Christians, however, we may simply pray for them, rather than confronting them about their unchristian lifestyle. No one wants to judge and no one wants to be accused of being judgmental or self-righteous.

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Consider, the Febreze commercial, the participants are blinded folded and placed in filthy rooms that are sprayed with a pleasant aroma that completely eliminates bad odors. Well, when their blindfold is removed they are grossed out by the surroundings, the mess, the filth in which they have been standing, or sitting. I would too.

These are pictures of our spiritual walk. Some of us walk among the living, but we are really dead and don’t realize it. Others are blinded to the mess surrounding them, because it smells so good…it can’t be bad. The adulterous Christian feels no remorse, no shame in his/her behavior, because it feels good. How can God be against that?

Thus, when the truth is revealed, we have no choice but to accept the truth, sadly some of us still refuse to heed. As Christians, however, we must…how does the song go…

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Only the living God can penetrate the darkness.

“…I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” We need to always be in check with the things of God. If the Lord is merciful enough to show us our true spiritual state, thank God for His love and faithfulness. God loves us and wants nothing less than for us to be right with Him. In these last days, deception is everywhere. Sure, we have always had deception, but the Lord warned us it would get worse as the time drew near. We live in the “if it feels good, just do it!” generation.

We cannot separate ourselves from the dead, as I mentioned they are always among us. However, when we gain spiritual truth, and subsequently some outside force attempts to twist that truth…we need to make sure whatever voice we choose to hear aligns with the truth of God. Test the spirits.

Be Blessed.

Sometimes my Christian walk looks like this..

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But then God always has a way out…and He shows me things that I can’t even fathom…why? I wonder. 

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Our walk with Christ should be evidenced by our daily lives. Our daily lives should reflect Christ’s influence, His love, His grace and His mercy. We should be pleading with those around us for We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Cor. 5:20. We don’t do that…instead we rely on empty platitudes to reach the lost, to comfort the hurting, well … at least we try, or so we convince ourselves. Sometimes we don’t even do that preferring to separate ourselves from anyone not walking as we walk. 

In these last days, it does not suffice to merely quote scripture…we know what the Bible says about that. We serve a living God and yet the evidence of that is minuscule. Have mercy on us, my Lord.