We are but men…

In Romans chapter 1, Paul tells us our central problem as fallen people is a worship disorder. We have exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. Suppressing the truth in our unrighteousness, apart from Christ we worshiped a lie – we worshiped ourselves. The essence of our Fall into sin is the denial of the true God.

Doubting Him. Denying Him. Deriding Him.

Enamoring ourselves. Embracing ourselves. Exalting ourselves.

The creatures usurp the Creator. We need a return to reality; a return to the real us. We are creatures, living in the Creator’s world, in need of His recreating power to work a work of grace in our hearts. In essence, we are but men.

Even now, the followers of Christ need this same reminder daily. Though Christ has brought us to our senses. we are prone to forget our creatureliness. The old desire for god-status and its accompanying autonomy relentlessly fights within us. So we need this reminder daily: we are but men.

During a bedtime reading of Psalm 9 with my daughters, my attention was captured by the final prayer of David, in verse 20.

Let the nations know that they are but men. – Psalm 9:20

This is a prayer I need. I need to pray this, with David, for the nations of the world to fear the Lord and submit to His sovereign reign. But I also need to pray this for myself. “Lord, make me to know I am but a man…a creature and not the Creator…a sinner and not the Savior…a worshipper and not the Worshipped. Make me to know I am but a man.”

Let me encourage you to make this prayer your own, as well – for the nations and for yourself.

Questions to Ponder:
1. What are ten differences between creatures and the Creator?
2. How have you failed to live as a creature, always wanting for more?
3. What are three ways you can learn to feel your creatureliness?

Pulse

I was working at the library today when I saw an older man sitting at another table. He was reading a newspaper. Then, he put down the paper and pressed two fingers against his carotid artery. With his other hand he held up his wristwatch. The man held this position long enough to determine his heart rate and then he gazed up into space with a look of contemplation. It seemed clear to me he was taking account of his current vitals and what they could mean. After a while, the man returned to his paper. Continue reading “Pulse”

Another Reason to Join a Church

There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion.

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Struggling with Spiritual Disciplines

I imagine most church members would find it hard to believe their pastors struggle with practicing spiritual disciplines. If any group of people should excel at personal Bible reading and memorization, prayer, worship, evangelism, fasting, and a number of other important Christian exercises, it should be the shepherds. And yet, surprisingly, many pastors do in fact struggle to consistently practice them. In certain seasons of ministry, good and important ministry needs tend to crowd out the everyday disciplines of Bible study and prayer. The struggle is real.

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