What is life all about? Relationships. Yep, that would be my close-to-the top answer. Life is all about relationships. Life is all about people. Life is all about communication. Marriage counsellors, I believe, would affirm my synopsis on this this. Business consultants, surely, would agree. After all, business sense alone is insufficient and mute if one fails with people. Parenting, with utmost certainty, is about people. You gotta learn how to communicate with those little ones, or it’s gonna be a rough go.
I have always been intrigued by something that may sound very strange to you. Bank robberies and precious jewell heists. I hate it when people get hurt of killed, but I always wonder how certain people become emboldened enough to actually plan and attempt an actual bank robbery.
Often, the most successful robberies occur when it’s an INSIDE JOB. When the job is planned by people who are employed by the bank or jewellery store.
True healing and salvation and deliverance really happens when it’s an INSIDE JOB.
The opposing thought is what is called the “blame game.” So often we resort to the old “it’s your fault” mantra. “I would not be like this had it not been for…because of what he/she did to me…I was raised to believe…so and so destroyed my life.”
Beyond question, we are a product of all the people who have been part of our lives. This simple fact can never be refuted or denied. It’s just the way it is. But there’s another chapter in your book. Let’s read it as King David has written it:
In Psalms 51, David writes, “Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,..”
Let’s hang here for a minute. At the end of the day, the past, present and future the has and does and will constitute your life is going to revolve around one thing: YOU AND HIM.
Here’s something you need to know about God: He is merciful. He is loving and kind. He is tender and compassionate.
Mercy means when I could have, should have, and want to be harsh, cruel, mean, I respond with, tenderness and forgiveness. Nobody ever gets to first base with God UNTIL this next thing happens. What is this next thing? Accepting and assuming responsibility for yourself. Fifteen times in the first six verses of Psalms 51, the writer uses the words my, me or I.
Sometimes you’ve got to the let the world roll on around you and stop and deal with some things. The most important things are the things about me. Deal with yourself and then you will be in good shape to help others. David did this. Here’s more of his prayer and repentance before God.
…Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
This RIGHT HERE is probably the greatest understanding a human being could ever receive. GOD, I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU. I HAVE DONE THIS EVIL IN YOUR SIGHT.
It’s one thing to violate your neighbour It’s another thing to do wrong to your family. It’s bad to hurt the people you love. But what about God? What about my relationship with him? David continues and says, 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
When we enter this world, yet even before we enter the world, there is a natural inclination and spiritual gravitational pull to DO WRONG. A good parent will work in opposition to that nature for many years, and yet that nature gets stronger with the passage of time. Naturally, people lie, cheat, steal, think thoughts that are not right, manipulate, hurt others, and sink to the lowest if not careful.
David said it right when he stated, 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. The words “I, my, and my” 15 times in six verses. The work that God desires to accomplish in you, begins with you.
God wants to and will do something fascinating on the inside of you.
God is not asking you to pay for a makeover. He is not asking you to take a trip to the hairdresser or the esteticien. God is not looking for truth in you. He is truth. When you experience him, you experience truth. So come clean before God and allow him to successful pull off the ultimate inside job.