I Blogged in Church or Love is THE Thing

…He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2

They showed a short video during church on Sunday that mentioned the above verse. The person speaking in the video was making some point about how we don’t know what God looks like. But I’m not sure exactly where he went with that, because after I heard him quote from Isaiah 53:2 my mind went off on a tangent, as it is often apt to do, and I missed the rest of that particular presentation–

and a few announcements–

and maybe a worship song or two.

The truth is I was formulating this blog post in my head while I was supposed to be praising the Lord. He and I are OK. I’ve since confessed and repented. It’s a good thing I can’t afford the IPhone or it’s ridiculous monthly service fee.  I would’ve been bloggin’ on it right there in the middle of the offertory.

There. I just went off on another tangent. See what I mean?

Anyway, I took that verse and went in a whole other direction with it.

The “He” Isaiah is talking about is Jesus. According to that verse Jesus just looked like any other ordinary Jewish man on the street.

And I always thought Jesus was an attractive Caucasian man with long flowing hair. Seriously? Why do artists’ interpretations make him out to be some sort of sandal-wearing Fabio?

Tangent again!

In fact we know that Jesus had no real earthly possessions. Not even a home to call his own as an adult.

While Jesus may have been ordinary looking during his days on the earth, we know that he was, and still is, extraordinary. And though not drawn by his appearance, people were drawn to him because of the person that he was inside. People were drawn to his love, and his character. Even those that didn’t believe he was the son of God, such as the Pharisees, took notice of Jesus.

If you’ve accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, you too were drawn to him by his immeasurable love and sacrifice of his own life on the cross that you might live forever in heaven with him someday.

As I was contemplating all of this during a rousing — well, apparently not rousing enough — rendition of some Micheal W. Smith song — I wasn’t paying attention, remember? — Could I use the  Em dash one more time? — Yes, Yes I could — TANGENT!– I began to question with what qualities of my own do I desire to draw people?

I want to be thin and have great hair, nice clothes and well-applied make-up so that people will find me physically attractive.

I want to be funny and clever and interesting so that people will want to be my friend — and read my blog.

I want people to think I’m Mom and Wife of the Year. Both awards I probably don’t deserve.

I want people to think I’m smart.

I want people to think I belong to a certain level of social class.

In this world where image is EVERYTHING it’s easy to get caught up in keeping up appearances. But all those reasons for wanting people to like me are shallow and selfish. They put all the glory on me, and actually do nothing to contribute to the well being of those people I want so desperately to like me.

Instead I should be more like Jesus, drawing others to me by demonstrating God’s love and ultimately helping draw them to God.

It doesn’t matter how thin my thighs are or how nice my house is or how hilarious by blog posts are if I’m not outwardly showing the love of God to others.

Verses 1-3 of 1 Corinthians say, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

The real kicker is that I don’t need any of those qualities that world thinks are important for God to use me to share his love with others. I only have to surrender to him and allow him to work through me.

I going to work more on showing God’s love, and worry less about what my hair looks like.

Whew! I got through the rest of that with out another tangent.

Next week I’ll try harder pay attention to the service.

As long as the church doesn’t get free Wi-Fi.

Listen, I’m still human, so if you do like me, or this post — even just a little  — give me some luv and leave a comment. 🙂

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8 Responses to “I Blogged in Church or Love is THE Thing”

  1. David Says:

    I like you and the post a little. Have fun in the pool, while I slave away at work! See you later. We can go blueberry hunting this weekend! (I’ll have to teach you how to shoot!)

  2. Mom Says:

    I have been meaning to respond to “Cinderella” , and never got it done. You’ve always been my Cinderella. Remember I was always there when you were dressed up in one of your pretend “git ups” until about the end of lst grade when you switched from princess to pioneer girl.

    Also, I’m so blessed to read what you write about your spiritual growth. It makes Dad and I praise the Lord for what Jesus has done in your life. I’m not sure if you realize although we were in full time ministry all those years you were the most important person to us spiritually. We always believed no matter how many people we ministered to the first person God was going to ask about was you and your spiritual life.

  3. Holly Says:

    Amen! I think as wives, mommies, and just as women, it’s hard to resist the urge to want to look our best. Thank goodness God accepts us just as we are (I’d be very disappointed if we had to wear figure-slimming spandex underwear to get into Heaven). Thanks for posting ! It should always be all about Him 🙂

  4. Holly Says:

    p.s. It’s also good to know that I’m not the only one who can go off at tangents!

  5. acupofjoy Says:

    I see that you were listening in church. Seems like the Lord had a separate message for just you. I’m glad you took note and posted it to share with the rest of us in bloggy land. We need Jesus, too! Love Ya, Sis!

  6. Loved New Says:

    Sounds to me like you were paying attention after all. Thanks for not being timid to talk about Jesus and how awesome He is!!! It’s inspiring and I really really appreciate it.

  7. Cass Says:

    Great post. I get distracted in church, too. Sometimes God is just ready to speak to you, and it’s like He’s waiting until you SIT DOWN, already, yk? And then, other timeswe are blogging in our head. Yep

  8. Shirley Says:

    I totally start thinking of things like that in church. And I’ll have to stop soon, because our new church is pretty small. I am a firm believer that you’re listening when God needs you to be, but it’s up to you to ‘hear’ it. I spent a whole year getting goosebumps every time I heard a song. It took me that long to realize that God was trying to tell me something.

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