“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.” Psalm 51:16-17 MSG
As we know there are quite a few different translations of the The Word these days. The Message helps us understand sometimes in a different perspective, as it speaks to the times we are living in today.
We are all guilty of going through the motions at times in our relationship with Christ, our personal relationships, our work, our fitness journeys, or even school.
It seems with most of us these patterns only change when we are far from Christ during a disaster, when circumstances become different in a relationship , when we are warned about performance at work, when we become unhappy with our appearance, or failing is a possibility of getting put back in the same grade.
David was a man after God’s own heart from a boy tending to the sheep while fighting bears and wolves from harming the flock. David’s fame with leaders became apparent when he took out Goliath with only a stone. If you think about it he went from a boy to fame to a king. Is this really any different from an outstanding QB from high school to college to to the NFL?
Our expectations of QB’s are to play at the pace in the NFL and make an impact immediately. Most often this will not happen as the NFL is a faster and different strength level. A 20-21 year old QB versus 29–30 year old linemen is a bit different from 18-19 year old lineman in college. It’s not just the physical aspect of the game but the mental aspect of learning a new system, handling fame with millions of dollars, and always being in the spotlight.
Many famous individuals in sports or entertainment have all been through their ups and downs just as the heroes back in the biblical times. The main difference is back in the biblical times it would take a couple days to spread around town compared to today when we can instantly share the ups and downs with the click of a button on our cell phones.
The hearts and minds of people today and back in the biblical times are basically the same with different ways to communicate and different entertainment. It’s when we are on cloud nine that we leave God out of our decisions or communication. I believe we all can tell a difference when we are in tune with Jesus.
As we read everyone loved king David when we was in tune with Jesus but when he was distracted from Jesus he would do anything to get his way. Wealth and fame can deter anyone off a godly path if handled the wrong way.
Whether it is small town fame to national fame, who is holding you accountable to staying on track to following Jesus. If we surround ourselves with people now with godly leadership we are less likely to shattering our personal relationships or our career goals as they will be done glorifying Jesus every step.
Commit to checks and balances daily, weekly, and even monthly with accountability. We have the power to change the world one person, one town, one city, and one state a time.