God’s Acknowlegment

Everyone wants to be acknowledged in some way for the good things they do. We all have an innate desire to be appreciated. It hurts when our concerns, our help, our voices, or our work goes unnoticed by others. If we’re not careful resentment can easily seep in. We may start to say things like, ” ‘Why should I say anything it won’t make a difference. Why should I vote, my voice won’t be heard or nothing will ever change. Why help no one will notice what I’ve done.’ ”

Have you ever thought that those feelings are Satan’s ploys? He doesn’t want us to help. He doesn’t want us to pour into people. He wants us to throw up our hands and say why bother. It’s how we choose to look at these situations that makes all the difference. We should not work unto man in the first place. We should work unto the Lord. Proverbs 3:6 says “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path.” Psalm 118:8, 9 says “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” Psalm 146:3 goes even further and says ” Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”

This simply means that man is not perfect and is subject to frailties and faults. With that said he or she is incapable of being another’s complete source of satisfaction. He or she is incapable of providing the deep spiritual needs that most of us desire to be filled. For example, we may seek acknowledgement and understanding but because we all are mere humans and subject to brokeness ourselves we are unable to always provide that to others. But we have a God who can provide the very things that we so desire. He is the only one that can fill the needs that we have. John 4:14 says ” But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into an everlasting life.”

If we seek God first we will acquire everything we need and be surrounded by his blessings. We will have peace that surpasses all understanding. We will have joy unspeakable that will overshadow the brokeness we feel when others don’t understand or acknowledge us. Why? Because we will have gained the proper perspective. We will then know God will provide all that we need because we will have acknowledged that HE is the source of everything that we need. So when we recognize that God is that source we can rest on that. 

As we go out into the world to be about our Father’s business ;whether it be by showing a simple act of kindness, helping those in need, working in our careers, tending to our families, or providing our civic duty let’s remember why we are doing it. We’re not doing it for show, or to boast and brag, or to get a pat on the back such as the Pharisees. We are doing it unto the Lord. It will put things in it’s proper place and we will avoid the trap of the enemy. Galations 6:9 says “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” And in eternity we will have the greatest acknowlegment where it counts the most, from God himself. Matthew 25:21 “His Lord said unto him, Well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler of many things: enter thou unto the joy of thy lord.”

Identity Crisis

Is it possible to be a Christian and not know who you are fully? The answer is most definitely a yes. Identity crises come in many forms. I’m sure to some this concept of a professing Christian struggling with an identity crisis is foreign.

In our society today we truly don’t give God his just due. We don’t place him in the proper position in our lives. We place everything and everyone in his space instead. We place our careers over God when we allow what we do to define who we are and if we’re worthy of even being “somebody”.

We place others (like our spouses, family members, friends, business partners etc.) over God when we’re concerned with the way they respond to us. We try to make them want us, love us, and stay connected to us. We try to use human wisdom to create bliss within the confines of a relationship. We seek affirmation, validation, and adoration solely from others.

We place our children over God when we’re concerned with molding them to conform to the world’s idea of success, which is nothing except external factors of such. We deposit in their little minds all the wordly deeds it takes to live a happy life. We’ll even throw a Christian cliche  (for example: don’t forget to put God first) in for good measure when we “counsel” them.

We place causes over God when we pursue it to the point of exhaustion or worst, to be recognized as a good person either by God or man. After we go behind the scenes of trying to mold and whip our own lives into a perfect little box, we are often exhausted and disappointed. When the smoke clears after all that “hard work” we begin to see all we’ve really accomplished is chasing the wind.

 God reveals that when we chase the wind we’re wrapping ourselves inside idols. He reveals that we don’t yet know fully who we are in HIM. So we instead try to establish our identity through these and other sources. Idols cannot heal, cannot love without fault, cannot satisfy, cannot quench, cannot save, and cannot nurture our souls. Idols cannot affirm or validate us. They can’t reach inside that essential part of soul and spirit where only God can reach.With idols we will always have a disappointment or a reoccurring longing  because we choose to put anything in God’s position, instead of God himself.

After the disappointment(s) are feelings of disbelief, bitterness, and emptiness. We have our expectations riding on different factors. Many times we miss so ultimately our lives become spinning circles. Once we put on our spiritual eyes, we become aware of the major identity crisis issues we have. But this is the very place to start. By looking at our surrounding circumstances, other people, and ourselves through spiritual eyes we get to learn who we are in God. It’ll bring peace and joy unspeakable.

This is no small feat. It is a process. Processes are not always fun but is neccessary for our progression and growth in spiritual matters. Once we ackowledge and relish in the fact that we are wonderfully and fearfully made by God, that we are made in his image, that we are a royal priesthood, etc., we can rest in him because we’ll finally know who we are. After that freedom will abound.