My favorite time of the year is upon us – the holidays! While they can be a time of happiness, they also can be a time of immense stress and busyness. It can be a time when the important things get blurred in with the not so important things.
So today, I want us to just spend some time in God’s word. Grab your favorite blanket, your mug of coffee (or tea), and your Bible
and let’s reflect on His word.
Before we jump in, please take a moment to read over Luke chapter 18. As I was studying over this chapter to write about it, a section of it really jumped out at me. A story that though I had read this chapter before, I didn’t remember reading.
It’s a parable that Jesus told and it is found in Luke 18:9-14
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his chest, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus really lays it out there.
He doesn’t mince words at all either -Being full of yourself is not cool. Thinking you’re all that and a bag of chips isn’t what it’s all about.
When we stop though and think -how often does our culture scream for us to be all about the ME? All about what I am DOING. What I am ACCOMPLISHING. About how the world revolves around ME, ME, and oh, yes – ME!
In the ads we see, in the way actors, actresses, athletes, politicians, and so many other ‘Famous People’ present themselves in the public eye, the world tells us this is the way things should be – so why wouldn’t we think that we need to PROCLAIM and SCREAM –
OUR NAMES, OUR FAME, OUR GREATNESS over everyone else’s?
To show how we are SUPERIOR, AMAZING, and OVERALL THE BEST.
(Whether or not that is true, and also, not caring who we need to stomp on to let it be known.)
It even creeps into the church.
We want to be the BEST SOLOIST, the BEST SPEAKER, the BEST AT WHATEVER WE ARE DOING and sometimes, if we’re honest, it’s not because we want to bring glory to the Lord – it is because we want to SCREAM (if only with our actions, not always our words) LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT WHAT I AM DOING FOR THE LORD! LOOK AT HOW AMAZING I AM FOR IT!
You may laugh, you may say, Kylie!
I would NEVER do that. Not EVER.
Especially not in front of people.
Okay, maybe not.
Not intentionally, anyways.
But what about in your THOUGHTS, in how you TREAT people, how you TALK about people.
How easy it is to be like the pharisee in the story above and say,
“Thank You, Lord that I am not like THEM. Thank You, that I am BETTER THAN THAT.”
We justify being FULL of ourselves because we are SERVING the Lord at the same time
and we want to act like that makes it all OKAY.
You know what though?
I have to admit,
I have had this bad attitude of being full of myself more than once while serving the Lord.
My flesh was yelling, “LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ALL I AM DOING FOR THE LORD!”
Even though my spirit knew I should have been saying,
“LOOK AT JESUS CHRIST! LOOK AT ALL HE IS DOING!
I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT HE CHOOSES TO USE ME!”
Let’s get one thing straight, I am not saying you shouldn’t give everything you do your best.
Because that’s not it. Not at all!
In fact, it says in Colossians 3:23 –
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
So yes, when you do something – you give it your all. Always.
Remember though, we do that so when we do great, when we win, when we do something amazing –
We can point to Jesus Christ and say, “It is Him working THROUGH me. It’s not about ME.”
I know, that is so hard sometimes!
It makes our flesh want to scream –
but it is the way that HIS LIGHT can SHINE THROUGH US.
When we get out of the way and let Jesus Christ speaking THROUGH us and use us for HIS GLORY-
It is one of the best and most awesome journeys that you can be on in this life.
So I want to challenge us in the coming days, weeks, months –
when we do something great, when we get it right, let’s remember it’s not about us.
It’s about Him and what He’s doing through us. Let’s KEEP IT HUMBLE.