Arrogance. Ego. Pride. Vanity.
Isn’t it amazing how we, as humans, seem to believe we are more important than we really are, in the grand scheme? We are a piece of dust on a rock in the middle of a solar system billions of miles wide which is in the middle of a galaxy that is trillions of miles wide within an even larger universe. Truly beyond our comprehension. However we feel we are entitled to some sort or audience with the very being that created this infinite universe. What arrogance we have to assume that when we speak God must move.
Now don’t get me wrong what we all must seek and strive for is that audience and relationship with the almighty God, but I’m calling into question our ego. Are we not a created being? What do we amount to when compared to the Uncreated? God was, is and is to come. No beginning, no end. THE ALPHA AND OMEGA. Clearly I’m speaking in generalities here. Not everyone feels this way, but I’m sure at one time or another we all have sat and prayed a wishing prayer. A prayer that showed our view to be more like a magic genie instead of Creator.
I believe that as a whole, human beings are very prideful. We don’t initially believe we are in the wrong. We sometimes eventually come to that point and realize how foolish we are, but I believe our knee-jerk reaction when told we are wrong is to argue our point. Sometimes in the most comical way, to the point we actually fight for the wrong side because we don’t want to be wrong. Our vanity sometimes gets the best of us to the point where we don’t care if we are wrong, we want it to appear that we are right by using our words to convince others we were right. The phrase, “in my humble opinion,” becomes our go to phrase to become immune to scrutiny.
One of my favorite bands Relient K has a song titled, “The Only Thing Worse Than Beating A Dead Horse Is Betting On One” my favorite line in that song is, “Opinions are immunity to being told you’re wrong,” I quote this line at least once a week to myself or friends. Our culture has become a reeking pile of vanity. We are told we have to look a certain way, perform a certain way, accept people in a certain way and if we don’t then we are wrong. Our ideas can be ours as long as our opinions match what culture says and to combat constructive criticism or criticism in general we simply say, “that’s my opinion and if you don’t like it, then you’re wrong.”
Opinions become beliefs and then those beliefs however right or wrong they are will become dogma if we don’t think critically.
Self. Why are we absorbed with self when we should be absorbed with self less and God more.
John 3:30 states, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
It isn’t just a matter of us Glorifying God more it is also a point of lessening ourselves where we don’t receive any credit for anything at all. It all comes to this point.
What are we?
Simple dust on a rock in the middle of the universe.
More of Him, less of me. For me personally this has been a struggle. I have constantly searched for validation. I need to be recognized for whatever it is that I am doing. I recently have challenged myself to think of my accomplishments as not my own but God’s. Anything that I accomplish for the good of the kingdom isn’t of my doing, it’s his and he deserves the glory, all of it. I want to become a person who is not known. I want to be a vessel which God is known by his actions done through me.
All I achieve is actually the Holy Spirit’s achievement, I just get to experience it first hand and that is because God wants a relationship with us. Even me, this speck of dust on a rock in the middle of the universe. He knows me, he loves me, and wants to have a relationship with me. This blows my mind, this should blow our collective imaginations out of the water. The being that created wants to interact with the creation.
If I can strive for one thing it will be that I, personally, will be less arrogant, have a reduced ego, cut down my pride and expel my vanity. I, in essence, want to reduce self so God may be amplified.
Father God, may we humble ourselves before you and allow you to receive the credit. We are nothing compared to you. May the world see it, may our fellow believers see it and may we see it. May your Spirit flow through us to do innumerable things. Spirit we ask you to take the credit. Let us remember we are specks of dust on a rock in the middle of the universe. In Jesus’ precious name, AMEN.