T.L.P. Episode 22: 5 Ways You Take God’s Job

5 Ways You Take God's JobIsn’t funny how we mortals try to wear God’s shoes? Next thing you know, Tokyo is flattened and our houses are shattered . . . and the job we thought we could do so well is left miserably undone. Join AMBrewster as he unveils the top five jobs we steal from God – and fail at.

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“. . . but only a few worshipped.” – Quote

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Only a Few Worshipped

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#TBTB#TBT – 11/5/15

ThrowBack Thursday TBT

The crowds surrounding the Savior on His entry into Jerusalem and His ascension to the cross are very similar to the crowds pouring through your church doors every Sunday.

The similarities are both painful and potent.

AMBrewster discusses the matter in detail in his article “Not Unlike Church.” Find yourself among the crowd. What are you shouting?

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5 Ways You Take God’s Job (and fail at it)

5 Ways You Take God's Job and fail at it Creating the universe, facilitating each atom, tracking every sparrow, counting the stars, and superintending every event to achieve His greatest glory and the benefit of His followers . . . if God weren’t God, He’d have his hands full.

Yet, even though we know He’s omnipotent and omniscient (all-knowing and all-powerful), we still feel the need to “lend God a hand.” It’s like we think we’re His administrative assistant or something.

Guess what. He doesn’t need our help to do His job. In fact, there are many cases where He flat-out commands that we stay away from that which only He can do.

So, what divine tasks have you tried to usurp recently?

You Save Someone

We all know you can’t redeem anyone’s soul from Hell. You need Christ’s shed blood as much as the next guy. However, we often pretend we can see the heart of man and then use that “divine insight” to make pronouncements concerning another’s eternal destiny. And what’s worse, many people do this with their children.

I spoke with a teenager who informed me that he’d recently been born again. He also told me that when he shared this news with his father, Daddy-o reminded his son that he’d been saved since he was five and insisted his son had merely received “assurance of salvation.”

Eight months later that young man had completely rejected God and is now a hard-core atheist.

Way to go, Dad. Instead of being aware of his son’s doubt, confusion, and searching, Father-dear assuaged his own concerns by futilely trying to write his son’s name in the Book of Life. While trying to convince his son that he was saved, Dad missed the chance to share Christ with him.

You can’t save someone, and you can’t know for certain a person’s saved. You can tell a tree by its fruit, but we seem to regularly mess that up too. When dealing with someone about their eternal destiny, let God’s Word be their source of joy and comfort. If they don’t have assurance from the Bible, you shouldn’t say anything to convince them.

That’s God’s job.

You Get Revenge

Most Bible readers are familiar with the anti-revenge injunction; but does that really stop them?

“’Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

We love to punch-in with our holy time card and start delivering pallets of vengeance. We use passive/aggressive quips, manipulation, caustic remarks, gossip, and all-out backstabbing techniques simply because we want our antagonist to feel the same pain we did when they hurt us.

This is sin.

God saves this chore for Himself because He is the only one who can exact righteous vengeance. We avenge because we feel we must protect our own pride; God avenges because His holiness is actually worth it.

You Condemn Others

“He will never change!”

Oh, really? According to the Bible, change is God’s biggest accomplishment! Behind every moment and minutia of the day God’s sovereign hand is working to change us.

Yet our divine condemnations are actually motivated by pessimistic hatred.

Yes. Hatred.

Love hopes all things and believes all things (I Corinthians 13:7). True love rests in God’s ability to do the miraculous and optimistically looks forward to our loved one’s maturity. When we assume someone will never change, we’re being hateful.

We also heist this God-job when we judge people for doing things the Bible doesn’t directly address. It’s true that we are commanded to make judgements (John 7:24). We’re to use God’s Word and His wisdom to discern between good and evil. However, when we judicially decree that someone is sinning in an area the Bible doesn’t specifically name . . . we must be very careful. Condemning a soul is God’s job.

You Assume Motives

I Samuel is very clear that man’s understanding of another man is very limited. We see the skin. However, God has the ability to know the thoughts and intents of a person’s soul.

God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7

Yet that rarely stops us from assuming we know why people do what they do.

I’ve seen it before.”

I know why she said that.”

He always does the same thing because he’ll never change.”

God has equipped us with the wisdom and discernment necessary to shine His Truth on a situation. When we use the Bible, we can often have a very clear picture of the motivations God reveals. But because our personal insight can only penetrate the freckle-level, we must remember four key things about interpreting another’s motives: you can read more about that here.

You Receive Worship

Of all the things God’s responsible for, this one is the most dastardly to usurp.However, we’re so stuck on ourselves, we’re quick to impersonate God when worship is being passed out.

This is the proverbial “dancing where angels fear to tread” for even angels are smart enough not to take this job.

How many times today have you impersonated God by receiving worship?

Ken Collier said, there are “just two choices on the shelf, pleasing God and pleasing self. When we reject God’s will and do what’s right in our own eyes, we’re placing ourselves higher than God. We’re worshipping ourselves. Everything from reading blogs to parenting to eating to taking out the trash must be done as an act of worship to God. The moment we don’t actively desire God’s glory we’re seeking our own. Interestingly enough, it’s when we snatch this task from God that we seek to take the other four jobs to ourselves as well.

Conclusion

If you’ve been perceptive then you’ve realized two things: 1. You’ve taken God’s job far more often than you thought. And 2. The one constant that runs through all of these impersonations is blatant arrogance and pride.

We’ve come to the place where we think we can do God’s job better than He can. It’s so easy to give someone confidence in their eternal state, exact revenge, condemn others, read people’s minds, and bask in the glory of worship!

Unfortunately, we not only epically fail with each attempt, we make everyone else’s God-given jobs that much more difficult. Because now we’re the ones that need to be rebuked, corrected, and admonished.

You’ve been tasked with enormously vital responsibilities. God wants you to be His ambassador. He’s gifted you to fulfill every “one another” in Scripture. He’s given you His Word to use in disciplining, counseling, parenting, leading, mentoring, and fellowshipping. He’s called you to bear the Fruit of the Spirit and put on the whole Armor of God. He’s entrusted you with the life-changing gospel of Christ!

There are plenty of things to keep us busy.

Stop taking God’s job!

Balanced Approach to God

The So-Called “Balanced Approach” to God

Balanced Approach to God

How do you view God?

Do you see Him as a Holy Judge-King?

Perhaps you view Him as a Loving Father-Savior.

Or maybe you like to take a “balanced approach.”

I ask because an acquaintance of mine recently wrote an article entitled “Should We Dress for Church Like We’re Meeting with the President?” In the article he makes the observation that,

“There is a kernel of truth that surfaces when comparing a meeting with the president to our ‘Sunday’s best’ for God. The disturbing reality of this parallel is what it actually does reflect — a sterile meeting with a stranger and the complete absence of any real relationship and transparency. This illustration exposes the nominal Christian’s relationship to God — distant, infrequent, formal, absent of any true affection, and void of any real relationship apart from an official appointment on Sunday morning. I wonder if those who use this argument wear their ‘Sunday’s best’ when they meet with God through His word on Monday morning or Thursday evening? It leaves me wondering who they are really dressing up for? Perhaps it’s a high view of the corporate gathering, or possibly it’s a disconnect stemming from a false dichotomy.”

I am very passionate on the subject of worship because not only is it something I take very seriously in my own life, but also because how we worship God reveals what we believe Him to be. That revelation should be a dramatically important grapple-moment in our lives – especially when “what we believe God to be” does not fit His revelation in Scripture. When Who God is and how we view Him don’t match up, we have a profound problem with sweeping implications – not only for worship but for every facet of our lives.

Let me lead into this short discussion with the observation that I agree with most of what Steve Hafler wrote in his article. And something tells me that he would agree with mine. Of course, that’s left to be seen. I think the difference of application grows from a misunderstanding of what a “balanced approach” to God actually is.

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“Parenting should never . . . .” – Quote

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Parenting Must Be an Act of Worship to God

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“Be Most Dead”

Be Most Dead
"Be Most Dead"

Like a king meeting his death
On the road he took to avoid it,
So the church will breathe its last breath
When it tries to dictate its own worship

By implementing plans God denies.
For this can only happen
When men and women do not rely
On the truth the Lord has given.

In three days the temple had glory
By God's own hand.
And unless Christ sustains the body
It will fall under the plans of man.

Decapitation brings decay to every living thing.
How do you suppose to continue living
When you've severed Christ, our head?
The church, though full, will be most dead.

-AMBrewster-

Written for "How to Destroy Your Church."

“Be Thou My Vision” – Sam Robson

Music Wednesdays

You cannot have salvation, divine guidance, or peace unless God fills your vision.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3

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Alone, Yet Not Alone

Be Thou My Vision

Great is Thy Faithfulness

How Great Thou Art

I Need Thee Every Hour

It is Well with My Soul

O Love that Will Not Let Me Go

“I Need Thee Every Hour” – Sam Robson, Acapella

Music Wednesdays

“Music is a strange and wonderful thing. It was created by God and functions best when used to glorify Him directly.” -AMBrewster-

It seems there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hear this song playing in Mr. Brewster’s office. So, we asked him to introduce it.

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The lyrics and performance of this song have been a soothing balm to my soul since I found it last year. Numerous times over the past months I’ve returned to it for encouragement, and often it has led me to a time of robust prayer in thanksgiving to my God.

I hope it’s just what you needed.

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Alone, Yet Not Alone

Be Thou My Vision

Great is Thy Faithfulness

How Great Thou Art

I Need Thee Every Hour

It is Well with My Soul

O Love that Will Not Let Me Go