I have to be painfully honest about how deeply influenced I am by present culture, as well as by “Christian Culture”. So melded are the ways of the Western Church with Western consumer-oriented thinking, I don’t think any of us are fully aware of how deeply that impacts us. I keep wanting to hit “delete” and write about another subject, but I feel a very strong pull to keep exploring here, as if there is a deep deception that must be exposed. I believe the implications will change the whole color-pallet I’m using to paint life with, because there is something foundational here that is up-side-down.
Two positions surface for me. One: that I view God primarily as a commodity. I see it as I look honestly at myself, in how I process life and intersect with people. I see it in the way we “do church”, in what we value as a Christian community. I see it as we evangelize, making a case for “becoming a Christian”. I don’t always and only see this, but it is a dominating theme in these modern times. The second position: that I view Him as King. This I see far less often; a person secure in their view that life is lived out as a representative of I AM. Can there be some overlap? I’m not sure. See what you think as you read a description of both.
God is primarily an asset to me…. a commodity that I highly value and call upon in the hopes of satisfying particular needs. I am consumer minded; goal oriented; success driven. So, “God the Commodity” plays very well in the grand scheme for me. I have a much better chance at achieving my objectives in life with Him as resource #1. I call upon Him to enter in, to bless, to council, to provide. He is grafted in to my life….”my life”.
God is King. I am in His service by nature of my connectedness to Him through Jesus. I am an emissary, a steward, a messenger. He calls me to enter in to His agenda and be part of His Kingdom work. He doesn’t need me. He offers me the opportunity to participate. He takes me to people and places……. He takes me….. So, I am there at His request, by His invitation. He stays with me there and by His Spirit reveals what He has in mind as it pertains to my involvement…so that I know what I am to contribute or take away. He empowers me to make that contribution and guides me in absorbing what He means for me to glean. The whole encounter is meant to bring Him glory, to reveal His loving heart toward humanity, drawing people to Himself. When it’s done, He takes me to whatever is next.
When those in Scripture encountered The Lord, they bowed, as one would in the presence of someone entirely other than themselves. They bent their knee or fell as though they were dead. There was no mistaking the immeasurable cavern between the greatness of God and the small-ness of humanity. God is not just King. He is Father, Savior, Creator and all manner of other things. But none of those other relationships in any way diminish His Kingship.
I guess my challenge is that you might take these two positions with you today. See if God might have anything at all to reveal to you. One of the threads in this for me, that is congruent with so much of what God has been speaking to me about, has to do with Lordship. Commodity-oriented-living sets me in the position of Lordship. Kingship-living sets God on the throne, and that’s why I believe this is such a critical path to explore. Thoughts?