You and I live in a culture where self-fulfillment is king. If given the choice, most of us think of ourselves numero uno. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not we often live by the motto, “Do what you want, when you want, how you want and with whomever.” We spin all of our choices with one audience in mind:
Me. Make me happy. Give me what I want. I want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Well, this is at least what they tell us on TV.
A warm and fuzzy life sounds great, doesn’t it? Of course, it does. The problem is a life designed this way eventually sends us down a path none of us ventured to go. Sure, at first it’s wild, creative, passionate and the best life you will ever have.
But then something begins to change. The life you see on TV doesn’t seem to be making it’s way out of the screen and into your life. You’re left empty, broken and full of a lot of questions only to come to the realization the life you saw on TV doesn’t really exist. Emptiness turns to misery, which later turns you numb to the life you’re supposed to be living.
Christ is calling us away from the TV life
Is there a better way? Yes, there is. The way is not too unfamiliar to those who have decided to follow Jesus and everything He says. You will find it is the hardest and most rewarding path. It is narrow and the least traveled, but in the end leading you to a life well lived.
There is a tension you and I must begin to find and live in. It is the place where you are becoming the best “you” possible along with denying your own way at the same time.
You and I must learn to live in a posture where we continually void ourselves of the desires and wants of this world before we can become anything in this life.
We must learn to subscribe and now live by this motto:
“Not my will, but yours be done.”- Luke 22:42
It was this prayer that centered Jesus one last time on the desires and will of our Heavenly Father. It was just hours before he was sentenced to die on a Roman cross for the punishment of our sins.
This is the most difficult prayer you and I will ever pray. This is a prayer of surrender – of ourselves and our desires. It is a declaration of wanting what God wants.
Christ is calling us towards a better life
So, where is the tension? There doesn’t seem to be one. It’s there. We have to look very close to find it.
The tension is found in the longing and desire to grow into an incredibly selfless person that God calls to do amazing things.
This is where Christ is calling us to live. The journey you and I are called on is losing ourselves and finding ourselves completely in Christ all in the same breathe.
The television life you and I seek not only ceases to exist, but it keeps us from taking in the life Christ has for us. It numbs us to the beauty Christ has waiting for us in our everyday lives.
Not my TV will, but your’s be done
Jesus is calling us to the same prayer and life he prayed in the garden – “Not my will, but yours be done.” This life isn’t easy. But it will be worth everything you pour into it.
It’s in this life you will find the unexpected. You will find the hopes, dreams, and desires you never knew existed. You will find life everlasting beginning now.
Call To Action
- I’m not suggesting you give up TV entirely, but take notice this week – how much TV do you watch? What would it look like to exit those stories you watch on screen and enter into your own life?
- What are some of your great hopes and desires? Are they a long way off? Write them down and commit them to this life Christ is calling you into.
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