My friend, may I ask you a question? There is no place in life for another God other than the One we have, whether by default or our choice. When we try to add to what God is doing or has already done, we can’t love him. What good is piety then?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I have a friend so pious about his diet and the maintaining of his six-pack look that he has literally made it his habit never to walk into a grocery store or anywhere, for that matter, where food is displayed. It isn’t as if he feels he can’t stand the temptation. No, there is probably no one with a stronger will that I know than this man. I am sure that he could walk through any grocery store and buy only the essential and healthy things that he needs to keep in abidance with his strict diet. Rather, he has made the avoidance of sharing himself with food, as he puts it, an act of dietary piety. His habit is to order all of his food from an online source, have it delivered to him in boxes, whereupon he takes control of those boxes like he has taken control of his body, putting the food away in cupboards and refrigerators with a sense of domineering control and superiority over these items. He doesn’t fear the food; he simply wants to maintain an attitude of pious power over it. It must come to his turf as he will never bring himself to visit its. He wants 100% control of his body, including the ability to avoid any semblance of cohabiting with the food.
I must admit that my friend has succeeded in that regard over the years in regard to weight control and physical conditioning. I know of no one in better shape for his age. But, you know something? I also know of no one who has less taste for the food he eats. When we endeavor to exert this kind of control over anything in this life, whether food, exercise, perhaps our loved ones, how can anything good come of that? We live with life, not in avoidance of life, especially when it comes to our spiritual life.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “Beware of the piety that denies the natural life.” He went on to warn, “Beware of passing off as a profound person; God became a Baby.” (My Utmost for Your Highest, October 9)
Richard D. Sandlin has commented: “It is painful for many of us to admit to our flawed humanity. Rather than accept the fact, we have chosen to believe the devils lie, ‘Ye shall be as gods.’ This is where ‘I thank thee, that I am not as other men are…’ comes in. Throughout the scriptures you find God coming to the aid of those who recognize their natural limitations and inabilities. Whenever we acknowledge our fallen humanity, there is hope. Our supernatural God will help His natural creation once we cease trying to pass ourselves off as miniature deities. I am afraid it is embarrassingly true, if it were possible that there was a vacancy in the Godhead, some are so pompously pious that they would apply for the position.” There is no place in life for another God other than the One we have, whether by default or our choice. When we try to add to what God is doing or has already done, we can’t love him. What good is piety then?
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for doing all the work for us when it comes to atoning for our shortcomings in life. Forgive us when we try to add our good works and intentions to the mix, even worse when we try to control our lives through pious living that serves only to mar the perfect love of Christ through his perfect atonement. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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