Monday Motivator – October 17

How have you wrongly viewed God and His attributes?

I always struggled with using the word, “awesome” in day to day activities. It seemed to be a word that should be restricted to something bigger than a well-pitched baseball game, a concert performance, a feel-good movie, a new piece of clothing, or a tech gadget.

I have recognized that a lot of my actions are foolish at times, frivolous even, and often reckless. My intent is taking care of my needs, wants, and desires, and that is the epitome of being self-centered.

Days of my life flow by and I get lost in my own head, forgetting what, or more importantly, who my anchor really is. I try to regroup from leaning on my own understanding, and remember to put my hope in the One who is able to lead and guide me.

As I wrestle with day by day choices that war against my soul, I remain vigilant and violently committed to sowing to the Spirit as the writer of Romans 8 intends for followers of Jesus. I remember that I was bought with a price, even when I was dead in sin, and I decided to no longer refuse God’s hand of salvation, and daily promise of Spirit empowerment.

I was taught by my parents to “never get too big for my britches,” or think more highly of myself, and become big in my own eyes. Sadly, I have witnessed others who thought themselves great and they ultimately stumbled beneath the weight of excessive pride.

I try to live and choose to do what is meaningful, not meaningless. Since meeting Jesus, my desires have changed from doing what I want to listening to what He says is best, then doing it with His assistance. I learned from early faith struggles that without God’s will in view, I will falter and be off of His flourishing design for me.

Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

Verse 17 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture that I committed to memory and song. “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever, Amen.”

I have tried to reserve the word, “awesome” for God alone. Because:

I am not eternal, only God is.

I am not immortal, only God is.

I am not sovereign, only God is.

I am not omniscient, only God is.

I am not omnipotent, only God is.

I am not immutable, only God is.

I am not worthy of praise, only God is.

I am not the center of the universe, only God is.

Think theologically. Only God is God. What is one characteristic of God you will reflect on?

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2016 by Mike Olejarz

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