January 27, Sunday

Today’s AMI Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend is provided Claudia Robbie who serves in a staff position at Journey Church of Atlanta.

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Dummy, It’s for Him, Not You”

Matthew 21:1-11

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Imagine walking down a road and everyone is lined up to see you. They’re throwing flowers and shouting encouragements. They say you’re a blessing and their shouts draw the attention of an entire city.

Maybe a more modern picture would be you post something on Instagram, you get so many likes and people praising your picture. The algorithm picks your image up and starts pushing your perfectly curated picture out to people who don’t follow you. People are sharing with their friends, and before you know it, your picture is a big hit and people are saying that you are a blessing and you are drawing accolades from people you don’t even now. Your followership grows.

Well, I have been wrestling with this sort of situation after venturing into Instagram (at 41!) in a niche community.  Maybe people are just trying to be nice, but I am constantly being told that I’m amazing and awesome and I can do great things from people who don’t even know me. I can’t go 15 seconds without seeing some inspirational quote that says I can do anything (which, of course, is true in Christ—Phil. 4:13), and I am special (also very true, in Christ) from those whom I am following.  But what if all the praises and accolades were never meant for me? What if in this self-obsessed society it is really about the One I serve and the One who has chosen to use my passion as a vehicle of His glory?

The passage in Matthew 21:1-11, describing how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey is a good reminder to me. I started to think that amid all the accolades the donkey might have thought that it was all for him; he probably never realized that he was carrying Jesus. The donkey was necessary because he was the vehicle long foretold through which the Savior would enter Jerusalem before facing the cross—but he himself was not the glory. The glory was the One he was carrying. Jesus could have chosen any donkey, but for this moment this donkey was chosen and with that honor came.

This is a baseline reminder to me as I continue in this niche community where it is easy to get caught up in my own hype. I could gain “followers” and yet lose them in the eternal things. I am by no means saying that we are not gifted, creative, amazing, blessed people. But I must remember that on my own none of those things can really shine. It is only as I carry Jesus in every moment, as He crafts my creativity and my giftings that glory shines; His glory, the everlasting one that will bring life to the world, and not the ones that people see at first glance.

This has pushed me to dig deeper and ask God how He wants me to use my talents not just in social media but in my life. It makes me come back to a place of humility and lay myself down before my savior and carry Him in so that this decaying world can be filled with everlasting joy, peace, and comfort.

Prayer: Lord, I am not worthy on my own, but You chose me to be a vessel that carries You. As I continuously submit my life to You, would You use me to show Your glory and restore the dead to life.  

Bible Reading for Today: Genesis 31

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