The older I get the more I am learning that I really just don’t like messes. I like things to be neat and tidy or at least have a sense of order. I AM NOT a neat freak. Just ask anyone who has seen my house or my vehicles. I can handle a mess if I know it will be cleaned up. I am learning that some messes can serve a purpose.
I have returned to an oldie, but goodie daily devotional. My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. His post from January 31, based on the scripture of Romans 1:1, in part says this, ” Christian workers fail because they place their desire for their own holiness above their desire to know God. “Don’t ask me to be confronted with the strong reality of redemption on behalf of the filth of human life surrounding me today; what I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes.”’ Talk about a spiritual reality check. I have been mulling this one over and over and over again. I encourage you to visit this site and read the entire thing.
So I’ve been thinking and praying and talking with God. If you have read my blog maybe you will remember my first post about Messes. Well I am reminded that Jesus willfully came into our mess. Yes he came to make us clean, but He came for more than that. He continually sought out the messiest of the messes. He went to Zacchaeus, the tax collector, the woman at the well, the adulterer, the leper, and thousands more. Jesus kept getting messy. Jesus chose to serve His father and bring Him glory by redeeming the “filth” of the world in which He lived.
You see I am challenged in many ways. The first because what our human eyes and mind define as filth, worthless, disgraceful, Jesus did not. He and the Father deemed them worthy of their Love, Grace, and Redemption. Who am I to question any person’s worth?
Second, God’s agenda is not to make me like myself more. As a people pleaser I am unsettled in this truth. I want people to like me, I want God to like me, and I want to like myself. But Chambers is emphasizing that God wants me to seek the reality of His redemption (I’m still working on what that really means) not on becoming the better person I think I need to be. Can you say, “Hit by the Holy 2×4 batman.”
You mean God’s first priority isn’t to make people like me? No. NO. N.O.
God wants me to submit my agenda to His agenda. Jesus is my example. Jesus lived and breathed in the will of His Heavenly Father. He did not care what people thought, or said, and held against Him. He obeyed His father and did His fathers work. As must I learn to obey my Heavenly Father no matter what other people say, do, or think. My focus, my concern, and my priority must be a reflection of My Father’s. He tells me to seek Him and His kingdom. In doing so, He will mold me into the woman He has designed for me to be.
And the peace comes in by realizing that I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to measure up. I don’t have to have it all together or even figured out. God loves ALL the mess that is me and He will use ALL of it for His glory.
Friend God loves ALL the mess that is you…and He is sovereign. He will redeem you and use it ALL for His glory!
The messier the better my friend!!! Lets get messy. Not sinful…just let your hair down, take off the mask, let go of the chains…Let God redeem ALL that is you.