The Lord Led Me to Write This

I am not a fan of saying “The Lord led me to…” or “The Lord told me to…”  An example:  The person who changes churches and then says “The Lord led me to [my new church]”.  Or the person who says “The Lord told me to move to Bolivia and be a missionary”.

This phrase is WAY overused in contemporary evangelicalism.  It’s like we have to have this spiritual justification for every little thing we do.  One more way to show that we are REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY committed to Jesus and REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY serious about the things of God and that our hearts are REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY set on God.

Uh…who exactly are we trying to convince here?

The world?  I don’t think all this talk about how the Lord led me to do whatever I’m doing now is going to convince them that we are REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY serious about the things of God.  If anything, it is quite likely to convince them that we are REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY trite and superficial, or worse, that we are just REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY weird.

Other believers?  Come on, people.  Is it really necessary for us to try to convince other believers that we are more spiritual or more committed to Christ or more after the heart of God than they are?  Isn’t this an exercise in completely and totally missing the point, when the point is that none of us can be spiritual enough or committed enough or surrendered enough or after-the-heart-of-God enough or whatever, and besides it’s not about how spiritual or committed or surrendered or sold out or after-the-heart-of-God or whatever we are, it’s about what Christ has done for us when we were none of those things?  If that is so, then don’t put that on other believers.  Don’t beat them over the head with how superior we are because we are so spiritual or committed or sold out or whatever.  That sort of thing is completely and totally out of place.

Come on, people.

Ourselves?  More likely.  And this is troubling.  Think about it:  If we have to convince ourselves that we are REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY committed to Christ or after the heart of God or whatever, then doesn’t that show that we are really not?  I mean, if we really were, then we wouldn’t have to work so hard to convince ourselves that we are.

God?  Come on, people.  You know you can’t convince God.  God sees everything and knows everything inside of you.  If He isn’t convinced, then nothing whatsoever that you say or do can convince Him.

I am done with trying to convince myself, others, or God that I am more spiritual, committed, or whatever than I really am.  I know I am not spiritual enough, committed enough, surrendered enough or whatever to pass muster with God.  You aren’t either.  And you never will be, no matter how hard you try.

So don’t put that on yourselves.  Don’t put that on other people.  Quit trying to live up to something you know that neither you nor anyone else can live up to.  Quit acting like you are living up to it, because you aren’t.

Jesus Christ lived the perfect life that we could never live, died the death that we could never die, and He is still alive.  He is committed enough.  He is spiritual enough.  He is surrendered enough.  He is sold-out enough.

Isn’t that enough, people?

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