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5 Things We Care About But God Doesn’t

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church, Community

There is a new trend that has crept up in our culture, and you can’t hardly make it through a single day without bumping into it in one way or another. This trend usually involves these questions: Are you chasing your dreams? Are you passionate about your work? Are you doing work that matters?

And if you were to just take those questions by themselves, then they are pretty harmless.

But hidden underneath them is a message that cuts much deeper.

It’s a message that says what you do is what matters the most.

It’s a lie.

Things We Care About But God Doesn't

As a matter of fact there are lots of things we care about which frankly doesn’t matter near as much as we think. I’m convinced that God doesn’t care about them as much as we think He does.

  • What we do for a living or who we’ve worked for
  • What school our kids go to
  • Who our friends are
  • How proverbial our tweets are
  • How stylish my car, clothes, or house is

When we do the hard work of looking in the mirror and asking why we care about these things so much, what surfaces is something most of us would not like to admit.

The reason why we place so much importance on these things is because they allow for us to feel better about ourselves, thereby placing ourselves on little pedestals above others.

Now you would never actually say to someone who you’re doing this, and honestly, most of the time you don’t know that you’re doing this, but we all do.

What’s been striking me as of late, is that God could care less about your or my status in life. He couldn’t care less about what kind of car you drive, or how creative your title is a some job somewhere.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care, however. Don’t misunderstand me.

If you don’t believe me just read the gospels.

What you’ll see time and time again is Jesus answering his critics by saying things like sell everything and follow me ( Mark 10:21 ) or let the dead bury the dead and follow me (Matt 8:22 ).

We can even discern what really matters to God when Jesus asks Peter if he loves him in John 21:15-17.

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”

What Really Matters Then

This is a hard place to settle into and an even harder place to constantly live out because everything around us seems to be pulling us in directions towards things that just don’t matter much.

From what begins as honest desires to feel safe and secure, grows into false idol worship, distancing us from what really matters.

Once again, I believe answers rest in experiencing the Gospel.

Do you remember when Christ’s disciples were taking out their measuring sticks and asking Jesus who was the greatest and so forth?

Do you recall what came next in the story?

Jesus got up, got a basin of water, and began to wash their feet.

In one single act of servanthood, Christ dispels all notions of what matters and what doesn’t.

He lives a life that says, do you want to matter? Then be last. Do you want to be wealthy? Then give everything you have to those less fortunate.

Why would we think those words aren’t as applicable to us today?

Jesus teaches us that what we think matters most, is actually foolishness. He lived what matters most. ( Be Awesome. Tweet That!)

I’d love to see a new trend pop up in books and self-help circles that preach and teach that message.

What do you think? Do you agree, disagree?

What things do you think are important that probably doesn’t matter as much as you’d like them to?

Share in the comments below!

 

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  • Vera

    Great points, Josh. Looking inward can lead to distorted
    thinking and worldly vs godly focus. Truth is, life is better for US when we
    look outward and meet others’ needs – like Jesus did. Thanks for this
    thoughtful piece.

    • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Thanks Vera! This is something I’m constantly needing to be reminded of myself!

  • http://MikeLoomis.CO/ Mike Loomis

    Wow – way to go against the current, Josh! Well said. In the words of Oscar Wilde “Everything popular is wrong”

    • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Thanks Mike! Continuing with the Wilde quote you mentioned, William Penn offers this: “Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.”

      They both are so true, yet the allure of popularity is extremely enticing!

      • http://MikeLoomis.CO/ Mike Loomis

        Hadn’t heard that quote – Nice!

  • Stacie Buck

    I respectfully disagree with the position put forth here. I believe that God cares very much about all of the things that you mention and He wants to lead us in each of these areas if we will allow Him to. What He is concerned about is that **WE** do not become overly concerned with any of these things to the point we take our eyes off of Him. We must seek His will for our lives which will result in having all of these things manifest as He would like to see them manifest in our lives. I also think the 3 questions you pose help us in locating whether or not we are living God’s will for our lives. Our dreams and passions tend to line up with our God given purpose and what we are doing will matter when we are doing the work that He had prepared for us. If we can’t answer those questions in the affirmative, then we need to start questioning why we are not able to answer yes to these questions.

    • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Stacie, thanks for sharing! I know it’s much easier to just blow someone off who we disagree with rather than engage, so the fact that you would share your thoughts is awesome!

      I didn’t say that God doesn’t care about those things, I just don’t think he cares if I drive a Ford or a BMW, or if I have a one story house or two. I don’t see Him putting emphasis on any of that, rather it’s me who does. Following that same wisdom, I think we tend to put far too much emphasis on the what and how of the stuff we do. If our identity is securely attached based on authentic experiences of the gospel, then other things tend to just not matter as much. We can be fulfilled wherever we are, doing whatever it is we’re doing.

      But if you want to get rich and attract a lot of attention, promise people that they’ll be happier and more successful if only… (fill in the blank)

      • Stacie Buck

        I think our perspectives actually meet in the middle. I agree there are certain things that are left for us to decide – like the type of car that we drive. I don’t think it matters whether we choose a Ford or BMW, what matters is that we live a life honoring God and that we represent Him well as an ambassador of Christ. True success comes from fulfilling God’s plan for your life – not the things we accumulate or even building an impressive resume. It should be about how many lives we have touched with the love of God. I had to chuckle you chose Ford and BMW because those are the only 2 brands I have owned – 2 Ford Mustangs, followed by 3 BMW’s! :-P

  • troy mc laughlin

    Thanks Josh, good post. The fact that Jesus had to demonstrate what life is and how to live it is paramount. I’m not sure we ever get it. That’s why we need reminders like yours of what’s important on a daily basis. Thank goodness for a reset each day.

    • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Daily Reset. No kidding tell me about it!

      BTW, that sounds like a great little daily devo thingy… Ha!

      • troy mc laughlin

        Yes it does

Posted on: August 9, 2013

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