LOOK AT ME!
Tonight I am teaching about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the Fiery furnace. In the past, I have learned tons of walking with faith and trusting God no matter what. However, today was a different application of a sin that keeps creeping up in my life. ME.
It was revealed when I imagined the entire 90 foot tall structure being built in the middle of Persia to have EVERYONE noteworthy come and bow down. This arrogant king went so far as to make a huge statue and demanded worship/acknowledgement. If he lived in 2014, he would demanded a "like" and a "share" status on Facebook.
Interesting, as I was reading facebook in the past year, often I don't rejoice for others "good things". Ugh. I wanted to be happy for people. I easily cry when others are hurting, but I never had the same "enthusiasm" for rejoicing in others good. "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15.
No, there is not a new statue made for Ella in Palmer by the Train depot. But, in my heart I LONG for people to notice ME, or my kids. Notice the good I do, give me praise. Not that being kind and gentle is bad things, but I want praise. Yes, I can add a phrase "to God be the glory" but in my heart the performance drug is never satisfied.
Just some clarification, most things, I have no problem doing for God's glory. But, even a hint of arrogance or pride or why don't I get praise is the big prIde. (with the big I in the middle me).
Thankfully, God accepts my confession and He already paid for the sin 2000 years ago. Thank you for getting me in that sweet relationship and speaking softly to bring me to repentance. I want to have Your standards for life. God Chisel me-to be like You.