originally posted November 23, 2010
“But He said, ‘You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, as My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.'” –Exodus 33:20-23
God does not deal in half-attempts. I wonder why we try so hard to make Him relatable…more human, really, all in the name of appealing to the masses.
God doesn’t need my help.
He doesn’t need your help.
And maybe, just maybe, all our attempts to make Him appealing are having the exact opposite effect.
After all, who would want to follow a god who is exactly like us? Did Jesus come to earth? Yes. Did He experience what we experience? Yes. Is that all He is? NO!
Maybe the world has such a hard time with faith because we do such a poor job of representing God–and yet we tell them that their lives could be exactly like ours–and we think that is an appealing notion.
No wonder the world screams at our hypocrisy when we set ourselves up as the example of faith. Should we try to live as an example? Well, we are only called to live as Christ. Being an example is not the point–being like Christ is.
Forget about being an example to anyone. Strive to be like Christ. Let the example come from Him, not from you. The world will be saved without you–God already has a plan. Be like Christ–and maybe, just maybe, His plan includes you being present the moment another comes to faith.
But it does not ride on you.
Be like Christ.
That is all.
photo by Isaac Joo