We live in a self consumed self absorbed society. Instead of talking and listening we respond with monosyllabic answers while texting someone on the phone or scrolling through Facebook (Guilty). People sometimes shut off when the conversation has nothing to with them personally. We have lost the art of communication and instead master the art of technology, which lets face it, is not real communication. It is a form of it.
Why am I talking about this? Because there is a time and a place where it isnt about me. It’s you. It’s that person next to you. Or someone you work with. Someone in the ministry. We need to get over ourselves and our lives. We need to take the time to actually listen to and invest others. We need to take the time to invest in God’s heart. His presence. Snapchat, Instagram, Flakebook (yeah I said it) creates a distraction in personal communication. Selfies is investing in ourselves and frankly feeds our insecurity. The constant need to be “liked” and “commented” on for our own selfish want. Why not pursue the “like” of GOD or His “comments” about us?
We need to get over ourselves and get under Him! We need to let His presence shape and fashion us. We need to spend more time with our families than just our church families. Getting our houses in order should be top priority. First, the house of your heart where He inhabits. And then our real physical homes. Your brother or sister might need you more than your spiritual sister/brother needs you. And if you don’t tend to your own flesh and blood, how can you tend to others?
I have been guilty of putting myself ahead of others. Ahead of GOD who would part the oceans to find me. When I come to this realization, my priorities change. When I pray, it’s not about me. That is His time. Not my request time. It is His time to talk and me to listen. Sometimes I think we do more talking than listening. And we miss the mark. The silence is where I find Him. The nights of loneliness is where I discover intimacy with Him. It is greater than any “like” I receive or any compliment or praise from social media. If you are searching for shallow remarks and vain praise, you need to get over yourself and get under God. Vanity leads to emptiness. Intimacy with Him leads to wholeness. If you have a desire to be whole, cry out to Him. Show your heart to Him and He will show you His. He will open the eyes of your heart.
One of my favorite songs is “The Heart of Worship”. The most powerful reminder that it’s all about Him. It’s not about the guitar, the piano, drums playing the perfect chords. It’s not about how well put together we try to look. It’s not even about what happened on your way to church. It is laying aside yourself and your thoughts. It is about God stirring up a work in your heart which flows out of your body and a beautiful sound eminating from your soul. I challenge you to sing without any music but the music you make from lifting your voice. You will find the most authentic worship when you lay it all down. Your thoughts will be consumed by His. Your body will be overtaken. And your cry will turn into groans. This is what He desires for us. This is what happens when we get under Him
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.-Psalm 84
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.” …-Psalm 139: 1-24