“Mom always liked you best!”
That was Tommy Smothers’ surefire comeback after a litany of insults from his brother, Dick.
His on camera persona was not the brightest bulb in the pack, but he was certainly the more humble of the two brothers. We could learn a thing or two from the older Smothers brother.
As early as the first century, disciples of Jesus argued over who among them was the greatest. (Luke 9:46, 22:24) Since then, we have continued to raise ourselves up because our sins are less than some else’s, or we serve God in a holier way, or our denomination is more righteous than another.
We have an entitled expectation that we deserve to be saved, deserve to judge the next guy, deserve heaven and all it promises. We’ve taken a bite of the apple and are too damn arrogant to admit it.
“You won’t die,” the serpent replied. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
Just like Adam and Eve, we want to be like God, we want to call down judgment on good and evil. We want to made decisions that are only God’s to make.
We forget the serpent is a liar. We will never be like God. We can never have God’s wisdom. We were never meant to judge.
Once we think we know it all, our minds and hearts become closed to learning. What good, then, is God’s Living Word to us? It can no longer transform our hearts and minds through God’s continuing grace and wisdom.
“Unconditional” is great when it is in my direction. And wondering why we so often use the bible to reflect it back “tainted, filtered, and changed.” Paufg, Just Me Being Curious
As long as we recognize we are incomplete until God completes us, we remain humble and able to receive. Because God loves all of us equally. He decides “on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Romans 9:15-16)
Why then love our neighbor? Why then love our enemy? Why then exhibit godly behavior?
To be in relationship with Him. To offer the love, compassion, grace and mercy that He first offers us. And simply, to be the face, the words, the hand and feet of Jesus to those we come in contact with in our everyday lives.
This post was inspired by a conversation with my dirt brother Paul. Please visit his blog, Just Me Being Curious. You will be enlightened, uplifted and simply blown away in your walk as you join his conversations with God.