Princes and Golfers
Recently we have seen what hysteria the visit of Prince William has had in Australia. On the news the other day I was listening and watching how much people were swamping him, adoring him, focusing on him. How do you act when you see a celebrity, whether it be a royal, a sporting star, a movie star or even a politician? Do you want do get a glimpse? Do you want to shake their hand and tell them how great you think they are? Do you want to emulate their achievements, even if it be in a smaller way?
How easy it is to look up to and glorify people instead of the One who alone is worthy of our praise. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with admiring and respecting those who strive for excellence in their profession. I always have a level of awe for how dedicated and refined athletes are. To see the human body at it’s peak is simply amazing. My jaw drops when I look at how gymnasts do their stuff. The musculature of their physiques is phenomenal.
Then there are those well publicised church leaders; those people who have a profound impact on our spiritual journey with God. I remember visiting Bill Hybels, head pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, at a conference. I was so excited to meet him and say how much I have appreciated his leadership and impact on my life. However if it wasn’t for God inspiring, changing and equipping Him, he would be a self-obsessed, sinful person like anyone else. His achievements and influence should cause us to marvel and thank God, that He can use ordinary people to do great things. What an encouragement!
Compared to God we are all Very Ordinary
My point being is that God has wired us all to look up to Him, to marvel at who He is and to be filled with awe!!! His power, His love, His unmerited favour and grace, His mercy, His holiness, His creative brilliance, His sovereignty… to be blown away… and completely humbled and in awe! As much as some people achieve, they are simply people. Compared to God, we are all very, very ordinary!
Look at Tiger Woods for example. Six weeks ago everyone looked up to him not only as arguably one of the greatest golfers of all time, but in how humble and family orientated he supposedly was. I want to be like Tiger Woods! However as the truth is revealed with his affairs and infidelity, we realise how sinful he is, as we all tragically are! Thank God we don’t have to rely on ourselves for hope, but on Him.
The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Knowledge
It is the glory of God alone which should fill us with awe, deserves our praise and honour, earning our respectful ‘fear’ (Prov 1:7). By all means have our roles models, but let’s never forget our ultimate role model, Jesus Christ. For He didn’t fail like Tiger Woods. He didn’t get our hopes up only to let us down. He honoured and glorified His Father in heaven by completing the work He was sent to do. He humbled himself to the point of death on a cross so that we may be restored with God and glorify and enjoy Him forever.
So let’s allow God to change our mindset, to help us to get to know Him, to draw close to Him, to reflect Him and to fall down on our knees and glorify Him.