An Issue Of Godship

Making Life Work
Read: Psalm 24
Focus: Psalm 24:1

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

God owns it all—the entire earth and all it contains, including me. He has the right of rulership over it all, including my life. He determines the ways this world must operate, both physical laws as well as the moral code, and even the way I must live my life. I cannot approach him on my terms; I must bend to his terms. God doesn’t yield to me, I am to yield to him.

Why? He owns it all. The earth is the Lords, and everything in it—and that includes me!

The problem is, from the beginning of man’s history, mankind has tried to reverse the immutable laws that the unchanging God has eternally established. We have done our dead level best to create God in our image. We have usurped his rightful place. We live as if we were God.

That is what ails the world, isn’t it? It’s an issue of godship: Who is going to rule. Every sin, every war, every crime, every calamity, every sad story of a broken home, everything that has ever gone wrong can be traced back to the wrong choice in the decision of godship. We have consistently put ourselves on the throne in place of the One who rightfully owns it all.

And of course, what is true of humankind in general is true of our lives individually. Our biggest issue, bar none, is this business of godship: Who will sit as master and commander of our moment-by-moment lives?

It will go against the grain of your instinctual pursuit of self-interest, self-preservation, self-advancement and self-gratification, but make God the master and commander of your life and all that you are pursing. At the end of the day, no one has ever regretted that—and you won’t either.

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“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.” (C.S. Lewis)

 

Making Life Work: Truly wise people have settled that issue once and for all. They understand that God owns it all, and they are simply managing what he has given them in a way that will bring honor to the Owner. When we get that right in the big and small, seen and unseen moments of life, everything else will fall into place.

An Issue Of Godship

Read Psalm 24

Featured Verse: Psalm 24:1

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

God owns it all—the entire earth and all it contains, including me. He has the right of rulership over it all, including my life. He determines the ways this world must operate, both physical laws as well as the moral code, and even the way I must live my life. I cannot approach him on my terms; I must bend to his terms. God doesn’t yield to me, I am to yield to him.

Why? He owns it all. The earth is the Lords, and everything in it—and that includes me!

The problem is, from the beginning of man’s history, mankind has tried to reverse the immutable laws that the unchanging God has eternally established. We have done our dead level best to create God in our image. We have usurped his rightful place. We live as if we were God.

That is what ails the world, isn’t it? It’s an issue of godship: Who is going to rule. Every sin, every war, every crime, every calamity, every sad story of a broken home, everything that has ever gone wrong can be traced back to the wrong choice in the decision of godship. We have consistently put ourselves on the throne in place of the One who rightfully owns it all.

And of course, what is true of humankind in general is true of our lives individually. Our biggest issue, bar none, is this business of godship: Who will sit as master and commander of our moment-by-moment lives?

Truly wise people have settled that issue once and for all. They understand that God owns it all, and they are simply managing what he has given them in a way that will bring honor to the Owner. When we get that right in the big and small, seen and unseen moments of life, everything else will fall into place.

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.”
—C.S. Lewis

Godship: Who Gets To Rule Your Life?

Read Psalm 24

Featured Verse: Psalm 24:1

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

God owns it all—the entire earth and all it contains, including me.  He has the right of rulership over it all, including my life.  He determines the ways this world must operate, both physical laws as well as the moral code, and even the way I must live my life.  I cannot approach him on my terms; I must bend to his terms.  God doesn’t yield to me; I am to yield to him.

Why?  He created it all, therefore, he owns it all.  The earth is the Lords, and everything in it—and that includes me!

The problem is, from the beginning of mankind’s history, the human race has tried to reverse the immutable laws that the unchanging God has eternally established.  We have done our dead level best to create God in our image. We have usurped his rightful place.  We live as if we were God.

That is what ails the world, is it not?  It is an issue of godship—who is going to rule.  Every sin, every war, every crime, every calamity, every sad story of a broken home, everything that has ever gone wrong can be traced back to the wrong choice in the decision of godship.  We have consistently put ourselves on the throne in place of the One who rightfully owns it all.

And of course, what is true of humankind in general is true of our lives individually, including your life and mine.  Our biggest issue, bar none, is godship.  Who will sit as Master and Commander of our moment-by-moment lives?

Truly wise people have settled that issue once and for all.  They understand that God owns it all, and they are simply managing what he has given them in a way that will bring honor to the Owner.  When we get that right in the big and small, seen and unseen moments of life, everything else will fall into place.

The most important question that you will be asked today—the most important question you will need to resolve in life—is this: Who is ruling your life—you or God? I am not talking about the confession to which you verbally assent or even what you believe in your heart. I am speaking about what is evident by the way you live your life: The way you think, plan, talk, react to circumstances, respond to people, spend your money, use your time and whatever else you do in each of the 86,400 seconds that tick off the clock in each of the days the Creator has graciously provided for you.

The greatest thing you can do with your life is to respond to your Creator’s desire to take his rightful place as your God. Make that decision today—then gladly reaffirm it everyday for the rest of your life. When you trust that he will rule your life well—and entrust him with Godship—oh what unspeakable and glorious joy you will have!

 “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.”  ~C.S. Lewis

Psalm 24: An Issue Of Godship

Read Psalm 24

An Issue Of Godship

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.”
Psalm 24:1

God owns it all—the entire earth and all it contains, including me. He has the right of rulership over it all, including my life. He determines the ways this world must operate, both physical laws as well as the moral code, and even the way I must live my life. I cannot approach him on my terms; I must bend to his terms. God doesn’t yield to me, I am to yield to him.

Why? He owns it all. The earth is the Lords, and everything in it—and that includes me!

The problem is, from the beginning of man’s history, mankind has tried to reverse the immutable laws that the unchanging God has eternally established. We have done our dead level best to create God in our image. We have usurped his rightful place. We live as if we were God.

That is what ails the world, isn’t it? It’s an issue of godship: Who is going to rule. Every sin, every war, every crime, every calamity, every sad story of a broken home, everything that has ever gone wrong can be traced back to the wrong choice in the decision of godship. We have consistently put ourselves on the throne in place of the One who rightfully owns it all.

And of course, what is true of humankind in general is true of our lives individually. Our biggest issue, bar none, is this business of godship: Who will sit as master and commander of our moment-by-moment lives?

Truly wise people have settled that issue once and for all. They understand that God owns it all, and they are simply managing what he has given them in a way that will bring honor to the Owner. When we get that right in the big and small, seen and unseen moments of life, everything else will fall into place.

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.”
—C.S. Lewis

The Tyranny Of The Holy

I Peter 4

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and
more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a
weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to
get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your
days free to pursue what God wants instead
of being tyrannized by what you want.”
(I Peter 4:1-2—The Message)


Thoughts…
I am going to step out on the limb of vulnerability here and assume that you struggle with sin as much as I do. And like me, you probably read the last line of verse two and said, “Yes! That’s exactly it! I’ve been tyrannized by the selfish, sinful things that I want. I’d rather be ‘tyrannized’ by the things that God wants.”

Of course, the word “tyranny” carries a negative connotation. Yet, is its meaning really that far off from what you want from God as it relates to rulership in your life? Check out this definition:

Tyranny: A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power. The office, authority, or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler. Absolute power.

I don’t know about you, but that’s what I want in my life. I want the righteous, perfect will of God to tyrannize my moment-by-moment, living, sleeping, breathing, eating, thinking, dreaming and doing life! I want the tyranny of the holy in my life.

So how can I personally enter into that kind of dominating, existential rulership of God over me? First off, and very simply, I need to invite God to have that kind of control in my life. Though he is Master of the Universe, he never violates the human will—so I must invite his rule.

Beyond that, there are some other clues here in this fourth chapter of I Peter as to how I can come under the absolute rulership of God:

  • I must learn to think like Jesus—particularly in how I think about my temptations and sufferings (verses 1-2, 12-14). He allowed both trial and temptation to draw him more deeply to the Father through prayer. They caused him to become more dependent on God, not more independent. They caused him to become more obedient—if that was even possible.
  • I also ought to think once in a while—perhaps a lot—about the judgment of God (verses 3-6, 15-18). I know it’s not popular to think of God as a God of judgment these days, nor to dwell too much on negative thoughts. But the truth remains, God is holy, and there will be a payday for sin someday. That sobering reality, even if it is negative, isn’t a bad motivation to do what is right. It’s shouldn’t be the only motivation, or the first motivation, but I must learn to think of sin in my life as a clear and present danger. Furthermore, there is a positive side to judgment as well—the final reward for resisting temptation, patiently enduring trials, and doing works of righteousness
  • Likewise, I need to live with an awareness that the time is drawing near for the Lord’s return (verse 7). Jesus is coming back—perhaps even today. The signs are clear and his promised return is certain. In view of that, Peter says in his second letter, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” He then adds, “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (II Peter 3:11-12,14).
  • Finally, in between my present challenges and my ultimate destiny, I ought to put Christ-likeness into practice in my daily life (verses 8-10). That means I must love others, even the unlovely, like Jesus did. I must treat everyone as if they were an honored guest in my home—and with a Christlike attitude, no less. And I must marshal all of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling power within me to serve others in practical, kind, and God-honoring ways.

That my friend, is how you invite the tyranny of the holy into your life. As you and I increasing allow that kind of dominating rulership to hold sway, the tyranny of selfish, sinful behavior will be the biggest loser.

Prayer… Lord, my humble yet passionate prayer is simply this: Hold absolute sway over my entire being!

One More Thing…
“Always seek peace between your heart and God, but in this world, always be careful to remain ever-restless, never satisfied, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.” —Jim Elliot