With busy week after week, Christmas is approaching and I have not had enough time to WordPress. Anyways I have been reading a lot when I am not working.
I was recently thinking about the story in Genesis 11 about the tower of babel. When I think of this story I like to picture these high tech people building a tower into space. That might sound weird, but that’s just how I tend to picture it.
In the story, evil men get together and try to build the ultimate city with a tower that rises into heaven and rules the world. God sees this and scatters these wicked men over the face of the earth and confuses their language.
I can’t help but think that this is like a lot of us in our big churches and youth groups. We like to build our own “Christianity.” Our own “image.” Our own “walk with God” that we control.
We live in a culture of entitlement where you take what you earn, sit on it, and share it with no one. And that becomes your pride.
Is it surprising that the power of grace that is lived and demanded by Jesus is so foreign to us?
Grace is living under someone else’s accomplishment, admitting you don’t deserve it, taking it, and spreading it. This is extremely hard to do when we are told that we have to have the coolest houses, cars, computer toys, phones, etc. And to make it more complex we bring our idols into our spiritual lives when we try to be the coolest Christians with all the answers, the coolest worship leaders, the smartest preachers.
All of these gifts are beautiful things when they are enjoyed under the grace of God and not under our own pride. When God is primary and upon our throne we are the most satisfied. However, when we are number one, we tend to find that we have to earn more, get more, and pretend more in order to find the satisfaction that only Jesus Christ offers.
In this aspect the religious and moralistic parts of Christendom remind me of the tower of babel. Trying to earn favor with God by your good deeds. Yet, there is nothing that Christ asks for more than a murderer, an adulterer, a cheater, a loser on his knees with nothing left asking for repentance. And that’s the beauty of grace. Not that we earn it, but that we don’t.
It’s not about how perfect we are, it’s about how perfect He is!Christ is not glorified when you present your good works to Him. But when you present yourself to Him! Then you are finally free to do good works, because your heart is not constantly seeking selfish glory.
This is a process that we must all go through in order to live the Christian life. To put off the flesh and put on the spirit. (Colossians 3)
This is what is involved by taking up my cross daily and crucifying myself in order to follow Christ. (Matthew 16:24) (Luke 9:23)