God reaffirmed what He has been teaching me while I worshipped today at CITYLIGHTS.
If I am being completely honest, most days I operate with a “me centered” attitude. Don’t we all? But in the midst of my selfishness, I noticed in scripture this constant call to look up!
"but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven," Matthew 6:20
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth." Colossians 3:2
"Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'" 1 Peter 5:5
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant that yourselves." Philippians 2:3
"looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith," Hebrews 12:2
There is this common thread of looking up to Jesus and away from myself. I believe that when I finally stop acting as if I am on the throne and enthrone Jesus to his rightful place, I see how He gives me everything I need. Chris Armfield shared that Christ is at the core of who you are becoming. In the same way that the sculpture of David was hidden away in a block of marble, so is the new creation The Lord calls out in us. “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Lord really does want us to know that we lack NOTHING right now, where we are. (Psalm 34:10, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.)
You lack nothing. Absolutely nothing.
What I am discovering is that the Lord’s presence is enough. My earthly desires will always be here, and I may feel like I don’t have what I need, that I am not good enough, or that this next point in life will satisfy me. However, the truth is that I was never made to be FULLY satisfied with the things in this life right here and now. In fact, my desires are too weak.
CS Lewis explains, “Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
I pray that the Lord continually calls me (and you) to look up to him, to store up treasures for heaven, to set my mind on things that are above, and to abide in His love because I don’t want to keep making mud pies when there is an invitation to dive into the depths of the sea.
-By Abigail Dahlman, CITYLIGHTS Creative Contributor
This blog was written in response to a Sunday message called Raw Materials in the Master's Hand Part Two.