Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Something out of Nothing

"By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible" (Hebrews 11:3 ESV).


Stop for a moment and think about this: The God we worship and serve is like no other god or prophet or leader or president or dictator...etc. Only He can claim to have made something out of nothing. Only He not only lived a life on earth (Jesus), but also died and rose for that very cause in which He believed. Only He.

And this makes me think further into the fact that if God made all this, all of us, then surely He had an intention for it all, for us all, right? And if God made the earth out of literally nothing, then what is He capable of making out of our lives?

What is He capable of making out of your life?

Better yet: What are you willing to let Him make out of your life?

This question could be a little frightening, if you think about it--if you really ask with a sincere heart. What if God sends me somewhere I don't want to go? What if I am put in danger? What if I don't get my dream house? What if I don't get my dream job? What if I don't get my dream life?

I think we get bogged down in our everyday responsibilities (which are often good things and certainly can honor Christ) and feel hopeless, as if there's no way God could do something exciting with our lives. Some of us, even though we love God and want to trust Him, settle for simply existing.

A few days ago, I was listening to The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, where Eustace and Jill are contemplating whether to stay in Narnia to fight in the great battle for Aslan or to go back home to London where, it would seem, they might be safe. He says, "I'd rather be killed fighting for Narnia than grow old and stupid at home and perhaps go about in a bath-chair and then die in the end just the same" (Lewis 120).

Do we believe in something that much, that we are willing to fight for it--and possibly even die for it? Or do we want to live comfortably?

This is a source of great conflict for Christ followers (including me!) in wealthy lands--whether in America, or Australia, or Germany...you get the idea. Our hearts are inclined toward serving and living for God, but our human desires sometimes stand in the way.

New cars. New houses. Car payments. Mortgage payments.

(I'm not saying these are bad things at all. I am saying that they can hinder us from more readily following God wherever He leads.)

I'm the worst: I want things. I want security. I want certainty. I want provision.

And all the while, I forget that the same God who made something out of nothing...can and will certainly take care of His most valued creation--you and me--and that He made us with specific intentions for glorifying Him. We weren't made to simply exist. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we are to do it for the glory of God, not for our glory. And His glory in your life looks different than His glory in my life...but it's His glory all the same.

We just have to trust Him.

Peace of Christ to you,

Lewis, C. S. The Last Battle. New York: HarperCollins, 1956. Print.

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