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.
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.
“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?
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