Hey! Look at me!

wordswag_1510919068665There is a hunger inside of each of us to matter, to be loved, to feel that what we do is worth something to someone. In thousands of ways, people make the statement – “Hey! Look at me!”  Some chase meaning in their work. Others try to pile up wealth. Some go counter cultural, with outlandish hair or clothing that makes them distinct from the crowd.  The impulse is the same – to avoid being invisible.

Is your life grey and blah leaving you with the feeling that if you disappeared few, if any, would take much note? There is Someone who knows you, who gives you purpose, and in Whom you can discover the fullest life possible – now and forever!

In Genesis, we find a story of human struggle, a desire to ‘make a mark’ that met with God’s displeasure. “As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there. They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” (Genesis 11:2-6, NLT) God saw their conceit and He confused their language and drove them apart. Their folly was forever known as the Tower of Babel. The desire was not wrong, but the way they answered it was focused on Self.

The desire for purpose and meaning is planted in you by your Creator who made us in His image to be creative, to love, to have a reason to exist. Genesis says that He breathed life into us, that being a statement that we are not just mammals driven by an evolutionary need to propagate our DNA! Eternity is written into our hearts. We sense time’s passing. We become aware that this window of time is short, and, by the Spirit, we learn that there is a home for us in His Presence, if we will trust Him and let Christ Jesus bring us to peace with our Father.

In all of that, there is just one choice allows us to live contentedly: serving God’s purpose! The godly can find great contentment in Him, regardless of their place in this world. We can give ourselves to Christ Jesus and in Him our lives are given meaning beyond any we might find in achievement of recognition by other people or accomplishment.

The conceit of humanity is a game for fools. King Solomon played it like a pro. He gained admiration from far and wide, built amazing public works, enjoyed sensual pleasures on scale we cannot even imagine. In the wisdom of advanced years, he looked back. His words, written as he neared the end of this life, is a wretched cry of regret for a wasted life. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, NIV) “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14, NIV)

These are the thoughts of a man who came too late to understanding of life’s true purpose. His wisdom is shared to spare us the sorrow that will inevitably come to us IF we spend our days chasing the ephemeral rewards of riches, pleasure, or human accolades.

So, how does Solomon tell us to live?  “Remember God… remember… “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NIV)  Jesus similarly points us beyond the horizon of time to find our true North. “Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”  (Matthew 6:20-21, The Message) How will you spend your time and treasure? Pray for clear vision that reaches all the way to Heaven. Don’t waste your life trying to build a tower of Babel! The lie that we can make ourselves matter is persistent and powerful.

Here is wisdom that sets us right. It is our word from the Word – “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.  For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4, NLT)

Your REAL LIFE is hidden with Christ, in God!

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King Of My Heart

(worship at this link)

Let the King of my heart
Be the mountain where I run
The fountain I drink from
Oh He is my song
Let the King of my heart
Be the shadow where I hide
The ransom for my life
Oh He is my song

 You are good good oh
You are good good oh
You are good good oh
You are good good oh

 Let the King of my heart
Be the wind inside my sails
The anchor in the waves
Oh He is my song
Let the King of my heart
Be the fire inside my veins
The echo of my days
Oh He is my song

 You’re never gonna let
Never gonna let me down
You’re never gonna let
Never gonna let me down

 When the night is holding on to me
God is holding on
When the night is holding on to me
God is holding on

John Mark McMillan | Sarah McMillan
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