Pretending to be More Than a Man
In a world of social media we have “wanna be” celebrities running around everywhere. There are tons of “fake it, till ya make it” people available on every account. Social media has become a free platform to vent, grow your own following, and become some sort of distant leader. Reality says this is our new world. Problematically, its often at least in partial, a facade. Or partial truth. But Hey! That’s marketing right?
In my field it grows very difficult to not become more than a man. I live in a world of celebrity pastors and google theologians. Everyone is Awesome?!? This is ironic in a field when we teach about a fallen humanity and the glorious divinity of God. I often feel the burden to perform and become what some have deemed successful. If I’m completely honest I have spiced up a Facebook post or two. We all have, right? As a pastor/church planter I feel pressure to deliver amazing results and present myself as a mega church pastor to the public. Or at least a mega pastor (whatever that looks like). Everyone is doing it and I want everyone to think my life is AWESOME! Of course that’s the same argument I used in the seventh grade to justify Mossimo t-shirts and Doc Marten Sandals. Sometimes I even demonstrate that through a sort of “prideful humility”. I think Paul talks about this in Colossians 2:18 “…going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind.” We talk about the number of people we pastor that’s growing by leaps and bounds, and/or money is coming out of my ears. Truthfully, there are no celebrities but Christ alone.
In reality though, my life is probably more like your life. Normal??? Or abnormally normal. Functionally disfunctional. My family does experience victories, and God has faithfully provided and blessed us beyond measure. But we also experience difficulties. I struggle with discouragement. Some days I wake up extremely motivated and encouraged. Others, I wake up defeated and embarrassed because I took a risk and failed miserably. At the end of the day I am grateful for my wife and son, and I am thankful for my life, but I am not more than a man.
Only a man? Yes, but son of the King of Kings. I love the truth, and the truth tells me my identity is found in Him; my King. The King I serve is more than a man. Good thing my status doesn’t depend on me, or how “awesome” I am! 2000 years ago The Christ lived as a human in the form of a man named Jesus. He experienced pain, and temptations just like I do. But He prevailed (Luke 24:1-12). He is the only one who can truthfully “post” His greatness publicly! However, His greatness comes through humility. He is so great because He was so humble. Not falsely humble, like the Pharisees praying on street corners. He (God) lowered Himself into the form of a man (Jesus) to humbly identify with His creation. He did so, and set the example. It’s not possible for us to be more than human, but we can depend completely on the post-ressurrected ONE who IS. I am learning daily to make less of me and MUCH of HIM, because my sustenance depends upon Him.
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him; He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them. Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.”
Psalm 62:5-12 (ESV)