Stay Away from Mutany

In any walk of holiness and communion with God there is the inevitable reality of mutiny.   As I understand the story of Satan and one third of the angels being kicked out of heaven I see the human tendency towards mutiny against God.   Maybe its pride or selfishness but the problem is there.   I can go along for a while but eventually I want to call the shots and make my own decisions.   After all I have intelligence, wisdom and the ability to reason.   I am an intelligent person, with wisdom and can do for myself.

 

Ezekiel 28

11 The LORD’s word came to me:  12 Human one, sing a lament for the king of Tyre. Say to him, The LORD God proclaims: You were full of wisdom and beauty, the image of perfection.  13 You were in Eden, God’s garden.  You were covered with gold and every precious stone: carnelian, topaz, and moonstone; beryl, onyx, and jasper; lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald.  On the day that you were created, finely crafted pendants and engravings were prepared.  14 You, a winged creature, were installed as a guardian.  I placed you in God’s holy mountain where you walked among the stones of fire.  15 From the day you were created until injustice was found in you, your ways were assured.  16 But because of your trade, your oppressive business practices piled up, and you became impure.  So I expelled you from God’s mountain.  I removed you, winged creature, guardian, from among the stones of fire.  17 You exalted yourself because of your beauty and corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.  I will cast you down to the earth in the sight of kings, and I will make a spectacle of you.  18 Because of your corrupt trade, which surpassed your many other sins, you made your sanctuaries impure. Therefore, I will bring fire from your midst.  When it has consumed you, I will turn you into dust on the earth in the sight of all who see you.  19 Everyone among the peoples who knows you will be appalled because of you.  You will become a terror. From that time on, you will be nothing.

 

This scripture account is a difficult one to understand.   The story is about the fall of Satan from Heaven and God’s presence.   Satan had become filled with pride because of who he was and his beauty.   Basically, Satan was “full of himself!”   He had a “tie-tac” too!

It appears from the story that there is only room for one on the throne of Heaven.   In fact not just one but the Holy One!   This story illustrates for me that regardless of how special we are, God is the only One that is supreme.   Nothing is greater than He is, not even me!   So back to the question at hand; is God my captain or not?   AARRRGGG!

NOTE TO SELF: Dude … let God be God … you’re really not that impressive!

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Ford

I remember when I worked for Ford Motor Company in the early 1980s.   I was one of many young hires working in the Customer Service Department answering phones.   This was awesome!   I had hit it big!   I had a college degree behind me, a new job with a prestigious car manufacturer, and a big enough ego to have kept the Titanic afloat.   After all, I had worked hard to gain my education and the world was now my playground.   Ford Motor Company was lucky to have me, or at least that’s what I thought at the time.

Back then it was important for me to look the part of a young aspiring business executive.   I had to wear the right clothes, the right jewelry and more than anything I had to portray the right attitude.   My life at that time … was very much all about me!

As I climbed the corporate ladder I wasn’t concerned about anyone but myself.   I started competing with the others in my office for position and income.   I had to “look” professional and “act” like I had the entire corporation at my fingertips.   This included my family and even more, God.

One day, I made a special trip to the mall to shop for the perfect “tie-tac!”   I wanted one that was gold, not too gaudy and looked like a million dollars but cost less than ten.   The next morning as I adorned myself with the trinket, I remember looking into the mirror feeling like I was Henry Ford himself.   I was quite impressed!

Today more than thirty years has passed.   Just a few days ago I was cleaning out my dresser when I stumbled across that same tie-tac.   It was cheap looking, and the diamond in the center was so small that I could hardly see it, I’m sure there is one in there.   Somehow my ego back then must have magnified it to the enormous proportion I remember.   At Ford, it was all about me!

As a believer in Christ I have to accept that my life is no longer my own.   My life now belongs to Jesus!   It’s what I call the “volunteer Indian-giver.”   Jesus created my life and gave it to me freely but now I have a choice, to hold onto it for my selfish gain or to return it to Christ for His plans and purpose.   The right thing to do is to return it, but the miracle is that when I return it I am blessed tenfold.   There is much more blessing, contentment and joy in living a Christ-centered life than a Joe-centered one!

NOTE TO SELF: Lose the “tie-tac”

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Is God the Captain?

Let’s settle this once and for all!   Is God the captain of your ship (life) or are you?   In the world we live in we have become use to directing our own lives.   We look out for our own interest and our own long term wellbeing.   We have things like Life Insurance that protect us and our families when someone dies. This caring for our well-being is not sprinkled down from heaven by God, we have to do it!   We have to set up the insurance policies, make the monthly payments and follow through when they come to term or when someone actually dies.   God’s not doing this, I am, and quite frankly I like it this way!   No one looks after number one like number one!   Right?

I like it when God sends me information like the GPS in my phone.   When to turn, how many miles to go and what time I will arrive.   I like it when God looks ahead and watches for roadblocks or dangerous curves. As a Christian I say that God is my Captain and my life is His, but in reality, I struggle with this application.   I am like Peter sinking in the waves as I watch myself and my surroundings instead of focusing on Jesus.   Of course there is another possibility; God is my Co-Captain!

A co-captain is someone I can listen to or not.   I can argue my point without giving in to directions on a particular subject.   A co-captain is an equal and a brother-in-arms. But as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ I have to submit my life, my will to the lordship of Jesus.   I can’t argue my points but instead embrace the divine direction and judgement of Jesus.   Can I do that?   Will I ever do that?   God will You help me do that, or am I doomed to a life of sober mediocracy?

NOTE TO SELF: Chose God … even when you don’t want to!

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It’s Not About You …

In Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, he opens with a challenging statement, “It’s Not About You!”   Those four words represent one of the most difficult principles one could ever hope to apply to their life in some degree. In a way, those words seem very foreign in a world of immediate gratification and self-centeredness.   After all I can go to Burger King and “have it my way,” I can order a new car with the equipment that I chose to have or I can make hundreds of personal selections as I walk through Walmart shopping.   Regardless, in 21st Century America, we can have it our way!

For Christian believers today, these words are extremely difficult to apply to our daily lives. I vote for the candidate I want, I chose the place I will live and I literally make thousands of choices for myself every hour of every day.   How can this life not be about me?   Maybe Rick Warren means something else?   Perhaps the meaning of this perplexing statement is hidden in the agenda I have for my life.   After all God gave me this life, right?   God surely isn’t an “Indian-giver” is He?   “Have your life but give it back to Me!”   “Aaarrrg!” I don’t think so.

One of the principles Christians wrestle with in this statement of Rick Warren’s is the concept of our lives being blessed by giving up dominion over them.   Or put another way it is the idea that we receive tremendous joy and contentment by living for God and not ourselves.   But there are problems with that.   I still humanly want my own way and don’t like being told what to do!   After all, my idea of fun and fulfillment is probably different than God’s!   Can the two co-exist and bring Godly fruit?   Even more, does it really matter?

NOTE TO SELF: I’m not done with this question yet!

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