The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Stop Trying To Be Like God

“We are 100 percent responsible for the pursuit of holiness, but at the same time we are 100 percent dependent upon the Holy Spirit to enable us in that pursuit. The pursuit of holiness is not a pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps approach to the Christian life.” - Jerry Bridges

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” - 1 Peter 1:13-16

Holy: “(of a person) devoted to the service of God” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Christianity has a problem. All of us Christians have a problem. The problem of what we should be like. Of course we are taught to be like Christ. And rightly so, that’s what the Bible teaches as well. However, too often we forget that Christ was fully human as well as fully God. In trying to be like Christ we naturally gravitate towards the God part. It’s in our nature to want to be like God. We’re still being fooled by Satan’s first lie in the Garden of Eden. Part of us believes that we can be like God, knowing good and evil. The lie is so powerful because it’s partly correct. Truth is, after all, the best way to empower a lie. We do know a little about good and evil. At least we recognize and suffer the effects of evil. The problem is that we often think we know all about good and evil. The problem is that we think we know what it means to be good. And thus, we know how to be like God. There’s a reason God keeps judgement to Himself. There’s a reason why Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” - Matthew 7:1 He knew, because He was God, that we aren’t capable of perfection; that we aren’t even capable of recognizing it. Still, we want to set up borders and rules and boundaries. We want to play on teams where one is good and the other bad. Then we see an atrocity in the name of Christianity. We can only make excuses for so long. But one day, when our perfect team can no longer be defended, we have no where to go but out. I wonder how many have lost faith in God, in Christ, because of Christianity’s failures? The problem with Christianity however, is not with Christ, it’s not with His divinity or humanity, it’s with us; our humanity and our desire to be like God. There isn’t anything we can’t corrupt with a little power. Christians will fail throughout the world. Horrible acts have, are, and will continue to be done in the name of Christ. But Christ will not fail. His will, will not be hi-jacked. And His love will not be defeated. He gave us the best example of how to be, through His life with us as a human. He was perfect because He was God, and His perfection was manifested through service. In our quest to be the best people we can be, is it in service and love that we manifest our goodness? Or is it in a profession of being like God? We are to be godly for sure, but our godliness should always look like the life of Christ. It is not for us to strive for the divinity of God, for it is a wholly unattainable goal. It is for us to strive towards, in emulation, the service of Christ, in which lies the power of God Himself.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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