There is a perception that people who are focused on the right things are often paralyzed. Some suggest that if you have the right rhetoric you sound like an empty politician, promising everything, delivering nothing! Others argue that those who take the high road only do it because of a selfish or manipulative motivation. The stereotype continues; only those who are suffering for a just cause are in a position to take real action.
In my own experience, self-centeredness and Machiavellian motives know no boundaries. People of all types, economic, power, and social standings fall into the trap of acting for their betterment above all else. At the same time, it is difficult to find those willing to stand up for what is right. It seems that true followers of the God I know are rare.
The casual observer assumes that the lack of God followers in actions is related to God himself. Given that many who profess to take after God seem more like counterfeit watches, it is often difficult to make a defense to the accusation. It is important though to evaluate the source.
God’s foundation is simplicity in action. Solomon describes God at work. “Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it’s supported by seven hewn timbers.” (Proverbs 9.1) Metaphorically, God uses the timbers of mercy, love, acceptance, forgiveness, redemption, friendship, and fatherhood to build his home. He invites you and I into this house, offering us a relationship that transcends all barriers.
There is a barrier between God and us. I know the details as pride, arrogance, and more pride. These barriers often display themselves as selfishness, failure, and pain. Unfortunately, I know these too well, usually making their acquaintance at least once a day. The good news is that God anticipates this and opens His gate a bit wider so that He can accept me just as I am.
God’s home is ready. His action is accepting us as we are!
The real action is ours; taking His had is the hardest, best, and easiest thing we will ever do.