Sunday, September 23, 2007

Biodegradable Cups and Majestic Thrones

Last weekend was a thought provoking weekend. God shook me a little and woke me from my robotic schedule that has been running my life for the past several weeks.
Sunday, Rob Bell (pastor at Mars Hill) spoke about the first woe to the Pharisees. Jesus confronted the Pharisees saying, "You clean the outside of the cup and dish but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? First clean the inside of the cup and dish and then the outside will be clean." (Matt 23 and Luke 11)
We spend so much time on the outside that the inside is neglected. That's probably why we have such good looking people in the world with no character, integrity, or genuine love. We put on more make-up and buy more stuff to make ourselves look good...yet, we're rotting inside.
Cups were given to us as we walked into church, and Rob urged us to write down on the greed, wickedness, and self indulgent things that had seeped into our heart and had overflowed into our lives. What about you? What does your cup look like? Is it like the Pharisees' cups? I know I had somethings to write on that cup...then I put it at the foot of the cross...my challenge is to develop the inward man.

Later that Sunday night, Trygve Johnson (Chapel Dean at Hope College) spoke about Isaiah. he saw the throne on God...saw that he was unclean and cried, "Holy Holy Holy!" Who's been on your throne lately? sports, school, relationships? When you see who's on your throne, respond the way Isaiah did...go to the throne of God, fall on your face, confess, repent, and declare the holiness of the Lord.
I have been finding myself evaluating my life lately...and trying to figure out what really matters in life. I don't want to be the kind of person who looks great on the outside but is as shallow as a kiddie pool.
Deep and pure...centered on the majestic throne of God...and just being the person God created me to be...that's who I want to be.

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