Rejoice in this Divine Romance
This morning instead of going to church as normal (I wasn’t able to find a ride this morning) I just have been really deep in prayer, worship and reading my Bible. In addition to that, I also watched another Nooma video by Rob Bell. I always get so much out of them. This one was called Name and it discussed how we all compare ourselves to others, we question why we are how we are and why we can’t be like someone else. It was really meaningful and I as always was impacted deeply by it. So, in this post I’m going to share with you some of my thoughts from it and hopefully you will all be touched by it as well!
In Genesis 32, the Bible talks about how Jacob wrestled an angel, after he wrestled said angel, the angel asked Jacob what his name was. But, in the original language, what he was really asking was, “Who are you?” He doesn’t just want to know his name, but who he is, his whole identity. When we had first met Jacob in the Bible, he was pretending to be his brother Esau, this angel wanted to know who Jacob really was, the raw truth, no hiding behind anything.
Jump forward to John 21:25-22, this is right after Jesus was resurrected and He has been having dinner with His disciples, He was telling Peter that He wanted him to lead Jesus’ followers, He said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.” Instead of realizing what a big request this was and being himself and doing what Jesus was asking of him, instead he pointed at one of the other disciples and just said, “What about him?” Jesus replied that what this other disciple did was no concern of Peter’s, Peter was to follow Christ.
Resentment kills a fool,
and envy slays the simple.
~ Job 5:2 (NIV)
What Rob Bell talked about in this Nooma video was that we all have that calling from Jesus. He has given each of us our own individual story, our own talents and our own personalities to follow Him in the way He calls us to. He calls us to be our true selves and do what we can for Him through that, yet all of us get to sidetracked and distracted by how we’re not like someone else and we care more about that than we do just being ourselves and being who Christ called us to be. We can’t ever be our true selves if we spend all our time comparing ourselves to others. We lose so much life when we’re jealous of what a person has or who a person is. Jacob’s struggle is the struggle of us all, who are you?
A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.
~ Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)
Where we’ve been in life, what we’ve done, our pasts, the good, the bad and everything in between, that’s who we are. All of that has made us into who we are today, sure, we don’t have to be proud of it all but we do have to accept it. We need to own our history for what it is. We need to be content with ourselves and how Christ has made us. We can’t be someone else, we need to be and love who we are. Then, and only then can we use our abilities for God how we were made to. We need to stop pretending to be someone we’re not and we need to follow God’s calling. Let’s face it, all of us have been like Peter, pointing to someone else and saying, “But what about him?” We need to stop that and just be who God wants us to be.
Soundtrack for the Day:
~ How He Loves – David Crowder Band
~ Cannons – Phil Wickham
~ Revelation Song – Kari Jobe
~ Up on a Mountain – The Welcome Wagon
~ Divine Romance – Phil Wickham
~ Twenty-Three – Aaron Strumpel
~ Grace Like Rain – Todd Agnew
~ From the Inside Out – Seventh Day Slumber
~ Lead Me to the Cross – Hillsong
~ Words to Build a Life On – I’m not sure of the artist
~ The Stand – Hillsong