What does that mean to you?
Does it echo with spicy expletives from under the hood of your car while the mechanic rumbles around? Is it the, ahem, colorful invectives thrown around by persons of less than creative vocabulary?
Do you hear “Jesus Christ” not offered up in prayer but used flippantly like a punch line to a stupid joke or to express frustration because you missed a bus, lost a $20 or bet on the wrong team?
What does it mean to you?
There is a mentality among believers with whom I have interacted lately which is causing me to think and act more deliberately in regards to how I do things and how I use God’s name while doing them.
I call it “God Hype” or trying to “Out Jesus” the people around you.
You know what I mean?
It’s the incessant hyper-spiritual talk that makes the provision of God look like a catch phrase and the success or failure of a project His problem and never the responsibility of the human involved and whether or not he or she has been a faithful steward of what they’ve been given.
I don’t mind talking about the Lord. I love it. I DO believe that God’s good and perfect will is needful in all things.
I DON’T believe that we should use God as an excuse for ineptitude and unwillingness to do the work necessary to be successful in the arenas of responsibility in which we find ourselves.
For some of these people it’s as though they don’t know where to draw the line. When is it “glory to God” or “atta-girl” for a job well done?
If I make a dyno-mite chocolate cake and you enjoy it, how disingenuous would it be for me to say “Praise the Lord, He does all things well!” when you moan in delight as the whipped mocha cream filling gooshes between your tongue and soft palate?
I mean seriously? Should I offer up a quick prayer of thanks and hold your hand while, together, we acknowledge that God brought us together for such a time as this?
Does God anoint us for the ordinary? I believe He does. I just don’t believe that skill=calling or success=anointing.
The Word says that “it rains on the just and the unjust”. *Matthew 5:45 Blessing does not always arrive synonymously with being in the “good, acceptable and perfect will of the Father”. *Romans 12:2
I’m not saying it doesn’t either. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. If it’s good it is a blessing intended to draw our attention heavenward and our hearts Fatherward. He can’t give a bad thing. It’s not within His nature.
Sure, He gives hard things and complicated things and He refines us by leading us through the Valley of the SHADOW of death… But it’s still for a good purpose and to create within us a good result.
That we would look more like Him and more like what He designed us to become and not what the limitations of our selfish, sinful nature would impose upon us.
I want to be so careful to do what I can to walk with integrity (an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting), not diluted by invoking God’s name like some password at an elite club. I want to walk with wisdom to recognize the times when I’ve been using God-given skill to create something that may look successful and beautiful in the eyes of the world but doesn’t follow the parameters of the calling which I DO know He has placed on my life.
Just thinking out loud here.