Stop and ponder these questions this morning. Think with me on these. I have had these questions rolling through my mind all week. As God shifts my eyes to heaven, as he moves my heart to the Kingdom:
- Is beauty in this world a blessing?
- Is worldly wisdom, being educated or smart a blessing?
- Is athletic ability a blessing?
- Is money a blessing?
- Is worldly strength a blessing?
Are these truly blessings or are they tests?
I believe God is beginning to reveal a deep rift and error in my thinking. He is showing me the worthlessness of the things that I once sought after.
My whole life I have relied on the things that this world praises to gain status, favor and position in this world. As a young girl I learned very quickly that I could use beauty as power. I learned that money would take me places. I was taught that education was what I needed to achieve a place and value in this world.
This really confronts something deep in my motherhood.
What am I praising my children for? What am I pressuring them to do? Am I teaching them the way to succeed in this world? Or am I showing them how to seek first the Upside-down Kingdom of God.
But SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
God is confronting my backwards thinking. As he questions these false foundations that I have stood on, He is asking me to step off the shifting sands of this worlds ideology and He is asking me to stand on the ROCK.
He is teaching me that less is more, and that emptiness or loneliness just means that I can receive more of him.
In 1 Corinthians Paul says that not many of us were:
- Wise according to worldly standards
- or of Noble Birth
But that God CHOSE, he hand selected, the foolish, the weak, the low, and despised. He even chose things that are not to bring to nothing things that are.
God chose the foolish, weak, low and despised.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26–31
And I am learning that as I push into the things I have felt unqualified in, the things that I have felt weak or scared in, I have found THE TRUTH that sets me free. I have found that we experience the grace and power of God when we are WEAK. If I could do it all on my own I wouldn’t need him.
Oh God! Forgive me for placing emphasis on the perishable things that have no eternal significance! Give me eyes for the IMPERISHABLE!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
God is teaching me that I must LEAN in to him, to experience his power. I must lean into the things he is prodding my heart to move into.
Faith isn’t doing things in confidence and without fear, Faith is doing things scared. I have to take the first step. Willingness is required. That is where faith is born and where we receive His grace.
If you are lacking the grace or confidence to step in faith. Could it be that maybe God is asking you to take that first step of faith? Maybe he is waiting on your move, to pour his grace and power out.
Faith isn’t doing things in confidence, it is doing things scared.
And when we step in faith, God is always there. As we move in faith and give glory to God we grow strong in our faith because we learn that God will not fail us.
And in that place I have learned that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.
The way to the Kingdom is through our poverty. In our nothingness. Life is found in my powerlessness. Jesus Himself said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
Praise God for eyes that can see the Upside-down Kingdom ❤