Why are people so opposed to believing in God? It's the same reason they have for sass-mouthing the Starbucks barista who messed up their order. It's the same reason they have for flipping off the driver who neglected to signal before lane-changing. It's the same reason they have for stealing, cheating, and lying... for demanding a full refund for any inconvenience... and for filing a lawsuit when the coffee is too hot.
We think we are gods.
In advanced economies and modernized countries, we believe this more than we admit. Look around you at all the things in your house you've complained about, at one point. Think about everything you've wanted to change; everything that is not quite to your satisfaction. Think of the last time you went to a restaurant with a group. Is it not insane how often we hear things like, "Goodness, this chicken is a little bit dry," "I can't believe they gave me olives. Didn't I specifically tell them, 'no olives'?" "How long does it take to fry a burger, honestly?" "I am not impressed. There were plenty of empty booths- why did they have to seat us by the door?!"
Think about all the issues with the car. Think of how much you wish the weather was nicer. Think about your aches and pains. Think about how terrible your sleep was last night. Think about how old and ragged your clothes are getting. Think about how you deserve a raise. Doesn't it make you mad? Don't you deserve everything to be nice and comfortable?
No. Never, in a million years, will any of us deserve even one nice thing. However, we will continue to receive countless luxuries, every day for the rest of most of our lives, most likely. We will have more than enough food. We will have a dynamic choice for clothes and shoes. We will have transportation and spare change whenever we need it. We will have everything we could ever need, and most of the things we want. And yet, we still find the nerve to complain. Every day. About everything, and everyone.
Have some sense, people! Believe me, I am saying this to myself, as well. We are human beings! We are little walking nobodies who can't survive more than a few days without food and water. We die of heat. We die of cold. We die of hunger and thirst. We die of pain and injury. We can't even protect ourselves from disease. We can't protect ourselves from violence. Heck, we get sick if we eat a bit of raw meat. How pathetic are we?!
...and yet we still have the nerve to think we are better than God.
We need to have everything provided for us. Food, water, clothing, shelter, education, entertainment, recreation, money- we can't do anything by ourselves. We are helpless individuals who, for some reason, have the idea that we are powerful royalty. Despite our obvious weaknesses, the human race is still the only species who considers itself a) valuable, b) important, c) entitled, and d) worthy. Reality is, we are none of those things.
Most of the world is going about its business claiming to be somebody, but living like a nobody. The measures they are taking to secure their place in this world are both impressive, and depressing. The years of education, the years of working and toiling to earn enough, the years of preparation, hoping to someday arrive at their dream are worthless. It means nothing. Everything we do is as pointless as a fish trying to grow legs and walk, or a snake trying to grow wings and fly. No matter how much effort they put in, no matter how much they want it... it will never pay off. They are what they are, and that is just the way it is.
But there is a way for people to make something of themselves. There is a way to do something worthwhile.
"And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don't know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus- the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."
That was Paul talking. He knew what lay in store for Him in Jerusalem, but He also understood His place. He understood who He was, and that was the foundation of everything that He did as a follower of Christ.
To live a life of meaning and purpose, we need divine intervention. The only way we will ever accomplish anything of worth, is if we are living according to the One who is worthy of all praise. It's logical, is it not? We are so small. Weak. Futile. Insignificant. A life of service to the Most Holy God, the King of Kings, is the only thing we can do that will be worth anything. Otherwise, we simply wait around with the rest of mankind, trying to do something of value, (a hopeless task) and postponing inevitable death.
It is the ones who accept their position as humble servants that have a hope of seeing glory, and pleasing Christ. For He is worthy of it all, and still decided that we were worth dying for. He gives us our worth- a worth that is proven by our worship and sacrifice.
We need to recognize who we are. We need to start looking at everything we have as undeserved gifts, and fading treasures. We are here temporarily, on a mission with a deadline. The time that we spend acting like we are kings of the world will produce nothing but anger and frustration. It just doesn't make sense.
But the time that we spend in our rightful place, in the service of the King of Kings... that will be something worth remembering for eternity.