Thursday, February 24, 2005

beyond myself

I've been thinking. What would happen, if people began living lives that were beyond themselves. What if, people began to say "Others first". Or better, "God first". What if, people were not so consumed with accumulating wealth and slogging up that corporate ladder. What if dreams and desires of the most creative minds in this world, were not limited to being the next pop star, or the inventor of the next great thing, but rather, opened towards the unfathomable wisdom and of our supreme Creator?

What if?

I had a good time on Tuesday night, watching Louie Giglio's sermon titled "Baggage claim", from his My Really Bad Date series ( One point hit me, and it really hit me hard. He was basically saying that everyone here on earth are looking for the "ONE". Its like Morpheus hunting for Neo, and asking "Are you the ONE?". That's when we have problems. We are expecting people in our lives, in Louie's contexts, life partners, to fulfill the desires of our hearts. We are expecting them to be like Neo to stop flying bullets and do other impossible feats. We ask, "Are you the ONE?" Well, who could be the ONE?
That's when it made sense to me. No one could be the ONE. No human. Everything fell into place when Louie said, "Only Jesus, can be the ONE for us". Everyone else, is the TWO.

That sermon lingered in my head for days. This morning, I had another wonderful revelation. I suddenly recalled that incident Jesus had with that Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life". I now see the connection. No wonder worldly relationships don't work. And it's obvious to me now how people in church who imitate worldly relationships end up like them. We are all expecting the other person to quench our thirst. Christ has no role at all in our relationships. Though he is there waiting to give us this living water, but yet, we refused it, and choose to draw water from the well of the world. Maybe it's because the water is more real. Whatever. We know better. Oh... if only people would open their eyes and stop being so oblivious to the things of God.

What would happen if, relationships were formed within God's will? What if, we acknowledge without a shadow of doubt, that our soul's desires can only be quenched by Christ?

What if?

1 comment:

Nicholas said...

Yo, just droppin a line to say hi. I'm guessin I'll see you at Daniel's wedding - no? Anyways yups, I think that if we can get to a point in our lives where God is enough, then He brings in the rest. Keep looking up my friend - God really is good all the time.