Tuesday, October 9, 2012
When I looked down I had to laugh! All I could see was a bright shiny pair of flip flops....no toes....no feet..... just BLING! They sure looked different in the store but then I just tried them on and didn't really take a good look. Boy, I should have and wished I would have. Of course, the store clerk just raved at how fabulous they looked! Recently while traveling the Texas hill country with some friends I thought I would wear them out for dinner. With every step all I could see were my shoes "blinging" at me. Our friends laughed with tears streaming down their faces at these "bling bling" flip flops. They seemed to take center stage screaming, "butter me a biscuit, look whose arrived!" (You know, they talk like that in the Texas) Really if I stood in the sun too long in one place I could have started a small fire with the glare from these flip flops. What on earth was I thinkin'!
When I sat down to do my devotions this morning I thought of those "bling bling" flip flops. I was in John 3 towards the end of the chapter where John is giving testimony of Jesus. He says he, John, is not the Christ but sent ahead of Him. He compares it to a bride and bridegroom, saying the bride belongs to the bridegroom and the friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for His voice and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. He says his joy is now complete. The key words in this passage are "He must become greater and I must become less."
Today Christians are deceived in thinking that if they know the right people doors will open and if they articulate their thoughts with such intelligence it will create opportunities. But one has to ask, opportunities and doors open for whom? Christ? For it is Christ who opens doors and creates opportunities not man's efforts. Oh, man can certainly steal the show with "bling bling" but truly create and open that is solely in the Lord's hands. Those doors and opportunities are created and opened by prayer and prayer alone. Of course, we must obey and walk through.
The majority of what I see today are name droppers and "create your own." In other words, you hype your resume, be in the right place at the right time and therefore create your own. You know people who know people who know people. It somehow gives us an air of importance. Wonder why we don't see the Holy Spirit move in ways of years past and the testimonies that we heard about in other countries? We put in five minutes of prayer and hours upon hours of making sure we position ourselves with just the right people. We throw around well known names and speak of our relationships with them and call them "open doors." Sad, very sad. You see, when the Lord opens a door it isn't with fanfare or shout-out on fb or twitter. It is just like John said.... He increases and I decrease. In other words, I am not even seen ...only Jesus. That is how the Holy Spirit draws man to himself. Even though man is being used only Jesus can be seen. What is the promise for us? Joy!
Sometimes, like my "bling bling" flip flops, we steal the show from Jesus because we want to wear the bling bling of the glory for ourselves. But Jesus calls us to decrease, fade, hide in Him. We no longer can be seen so Jesus receives all the glory. So that as we walk they can only see Jesus. Just like those flip flops - when I walked all you could see were the shoes....no feet, no toes. Isn't that your hearts desire? Lay down the idol of ambition, of grabbing the center of attention. Confess and repent. Then walk adorning yourself with Jesus so He will receive the glory and you will be overflowing with JOY!
*For those of us who speak publicly this sin creeps up on us. The encouragement we receive after speaking or teaching may open door of pride. Ask the Lord to give you something to remind you that it is Him and only Him.
Now put away those flip flops, quit listening to store clerks who don't have your best interest in mind and look for something that suits what you were created for a little better, um.....maybe some really nice cowboy boots.... what was I thinkin!