I don’t think you would walk into a room and declare to its occupants, “I am god.” They might think you were crazy. It’s funny how we end up living like we just might believe it, though no one in their right mind would say it. We want things our way. Even in churches, Christians fight for control. I want my seat, my style of clothing, people that look like me, act like me, and make me happy. I want my view of the Bible preached (even if it isn’t truly Biblical), and my favorite style of music played.
On a side note I am a Jazz fan. Could someone out there start a Jazz church…anybody?
Too often we live like we are god and everyone is messing with our little kingdom. No wonder people walk into a church and feel so confused, they have to find the True God among the many little gods. Here is the kicker–worshiping ourselves is miserable. Our pleasure is a constant moving target that relentlessly nags for more attention. Worshiping ourselves is exhausting. The car, home, clothes, or latest iPhone we bought don’t satisfy for long, and quickly we find ourselves in debt trying to tame this beast of personal pleasure again.
Now here is where it gets interesting: somewhere along the way we realize we aren’t god, we are actually in bondage.
We are all slaves to something.
In fact it is said the best way to control people is with pleasure, not pain. Those who seek to be FREE to pursue whatever they want eventually end up more miserable because the pursuit of pleasure is a progressively demanding master that cannot be satisfied.
G.K. Chesterton says it best: “When people find it difficult to believe in God, the tendency is to turn away, good heavens to what do we turn?” The implication is clear, there aren’t a lot of good options. This is why Christianity is so interesting. Just what if God did love you and truly wants your best? What if being a slave to Christ ultimately brings the freedom we seek? Jesus said in Luke 9:24, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Just maybe it is worth checking out. Here is a great place to start. https://mcolaw.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/who-is-god-who-am-i/