Monday, November 25, 2013

How Does God See Us?

This outtake from Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning has been on my mind today. It reminds me of how much differently God values things than the world we live in.

...every arena in life [this world] — compel[s] us to measure our worth, for better or worse, on a scale that does not exist in the mind of God. (Manning, Brennan (2010-10-12). Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God (p. 142). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.) 

Although the above quote is just a tidbit from Manning's chapter on how God in His grace uses imperfect people to be used by Him for His perfect work of redemption in our world it has reminded me of a couple things about this struggle.

1) God doesn't divide people into levels of talent or ability. He divides us into faithful and faithless. He sees people as either using the way He created us (our gifts/ abilities) as living for Him, or living for ourselves. My responsibility is to faithfulness.

2) Because God created and gifted each person uniquely, the best way to worship God, is to be the best "me" we can be. The best "me, we can be," is only found when we are re-united with God, our Creator,  through Christ and then are able to live the way God always intended, doing the things He prepared for us ahead of time (Eph 2:10). Everything accomplished with God is eternal, everything accomplished apart from Him is temporary.

3) Part of what Christ died to set us free from, is finding our acceptance in other people's opinion of us. Every person knows their own value, not because of what they do, but because God reminds us of our value by Jesus going to the cross. Just like Romans 12:1 says, give your whole body (Gk here indicates, mind, soul body) to God. Worship happens when we give all of ourselves to God, not holding anything back for any reason, including our fear of what others think, expect or want from us.

Be encouraged today. Let's find our value in Christ, not comparing ourselves or under the fear of being compared to this world's sliding scale of importance. The only scale that matters to God is faithful or faithless.

-Micah B.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

An Easter Thought

Over the last 2 weeks I have been reading a book called, "Jesus + Nothing = Everything." It has been a great read and I readily recommend it to anyone.  Most of the book has centered on the challenge for every believer to accept at "heart-level" (not just head) that in the forgiveness and gift of Christ, we not only have the means for our salvation but the equipping for our salvation to be worked out over the course of our lifetime. Realizing that we all accept Christ, and then struggle to continually find our worth in His acceptance and work on the cross. What an awesome reminder, Jesus doesn't deliver us and then leave us to our own devices to work for His approval, rather, Jesus delivers us and then through the Holy Spirit gives us all we need to rest in Him. Our Christianity isn't a work from us to God, it's a matter of accepting the work of God for us.

Here's a small excerpt from the book:
"...I used to think that when the apostle Paul tells us to work out our salvation, it means go out and get what we don't have-- get more patience, get more strength, get more joy, get more love, and so on. But after reading the Bible more carefully, I now understand that Christian growth does not happen by working hard to get something we don't have. Rather, Christian growth happens by working hard to daily swim in the reality of what we do have. Believing again and again the gospel of God's free justifying grace every day-- and resting in his verdict-- is the hard work we're called to. (Tchividjian, Tullian. Jesus + Nothing= Everthing. p172.)"

What a great thought for this week.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Look Here.

Canon T1i, 50mm, f/ 2.8, 1/40, ISO 800
Oklahoma City, OK

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

4 months goes quick.

Being a dad is good. So good. In the past 4 months, Taylor and I have watched our little Navy (more affectionately called "the navester" or "navy beans") already grow so much. We have watched her learn how to: smile, sleep through the night, find the joy of sucking her thumb, figure out the quickest way to be fed is to scream, hold the weight of her own noggin', laugh, imitate our facial expressions and be an overall content happy baby. So excited about this continuing adventure...

Canon T1i, 50 mm, f/ 2.8, 1/250, ISO 400
Oklahoma City, OK

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Photo: Ash Wednesday #p208

Ash Wednesday is the day celebrated by Christians around the world to kick-off the Easter season. 

"Repentance is the doorway to the spiritual life, the only way to begin. It is also the path itself, the only way to continue. Anything else is foolishness and self-delusion. Only repentance is both brute-honest enough, and joyous enough, to bring us all the way home."

St. Gregory's University /// Shawnee, OK

Monday, February 20, 2012

Photo: Devon Building Downtown. #p208

Downtown OKC
Canon T1i, 74mm, f/11.0, 1/400, ISO 100