Halloween Blog Post


Here is what I feel God gave me to say this Halloween. It actually started last night. I was laboring over a blog post only to recognize the sure signs of working in my own strength. Ever realize that before? You work and work and work on something only to realize that God isn't really building that house.

So you can picture the leaning houses above, which have obviously been through an earthquake, as haunted for Halloween. Or as the house that someone built who was working in his own strength. Or whatever.

God has me right where he wants me. If I want to write, I have to do it in Him. Because if I don't, I'll be writing garbage. Isn't this what I wanted anyway? To be in the center of his will (not writing garbage). Of course, but I just saw it in a new light just now. It's amazing.

I just looked up a verse that applies to this. Psalm 127:1. One of the Psalms of Ascent that the children of Israel would recite as they made their pilgrimage to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts of the Lord. Resting from all of one's works was a requirement at the feast.

Here's that verse (Psalm 127:1)
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (English Standard Version)

If God doesn't build the house, we labor in vain. So true. And I don't want to labor in vain. I want what I build to be what God wants to say.

So think of the house in the picture as haunted by human endeavor. Or the house that someone built on the sand (Matthew 7:24-27). It's not going to withstand the ocean waves. Or an earthquake. Or life.

My desire ultimately is to be God's son. This makes every other pursuit secondary. Part of being God's son is being in God's presence. Kind of like, my physical father lives down the street (he really does). So I'd better take advantage of that fact and visit him often or what is the point of getting up in the morning?

Life is about people. It's about being close to them. Life is also about God. It's about being close to him. Relationship is what drives everything. It's what makes life worth living. If we find ourselves laboring at something just for the sake of doing it. Or laboring to make a living. Or whatever. If God isn't in it, what am I doing it for?

So all of this is something that I'm realizing once again as I sit here writing. It began to hit me last night but it's hitting me all over again.

I can't do anything in my own strength. It's not worth it. God has to be in it or it's all over. I just won't do it otherwise. I may do it for a while, but eventually the relationship thing gets me. I want to be in God's presence, to be his son more than anything.

Everything else is secondary. God, make me your instrument. I want you more than anything!

Blessings,
B.L. Jenkins

Comments

  1. I disagree with a couple points. I'm a creative person, who has done a variety of pursuits and developed artistic skills. The doctrine presented here of only black or white / or godly/ungodly creations is not proven to be true in my diverse cultural experiences. Meaning, humans are NOT bound to create "garbage" unless God is tangibly involved or ALL activities in "our own strength" are not worth pursuing. I believe that because every human is made in the image of God, we are bound to create decent, meaningful and beautiful creations--by default--whether a person is spiritually connected to God in active and communicative ways. Certain people abuse creativity. I propose that the others of us make God smile.

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    1. Beautifully said, MLG. You make some good points, and I don't disagree. But I'm seeing a way forward with more of God and less of me. Thanks for reading.

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