(a “God-Like, God-Care” commentary by Timothy J. Verret)
I’m curious. Does that blogged-title statement above ring a “true bell” for you? For me, the bell clangs loudly and endlessly and hopefully not forever more.
That statement above came up for me today in a Bible lesson I was doing online about Jesus Christ. It was not the multiple choice answer to the question, “Why did Jesus display such loving qualities, heal the sick and hurting and raise the dead back to life?” The real answer was because Jesus wanted others to see Loving and Compassionate and Healing God, His Father, in action in and through Him. The statement title of this post, however, would have been my choice if the question would have been addressed as, “Why did Timothy display such loving qualities?” PLEASE NOTE: I’m not going to even touch the whole “heal the sick and hurting and raise the dead back to life, ” because, thank God, I know where my limits lie. The choice of “he wanted to be popular and make people like him” is SPOT-ON for me….for now!
We’re human. We’re NOT Jesus, no matter how hard we try (and some of us try way harder than others, right?). We exist in a world where we are told that people must like us, even ALL people must like us, and that we must do things to earn this. If we just excelled at this one thing, or many things, people would approve of us. If we only would say the right things to him or her or them, then him or her or them would accept us. If we hadn’t done this or that, people would have been able to like us. Wow! That’s a lot of pressure on just one human (right, Timothy?). I….excuse me….we’re NOT Jesus. Jesus would have been able to handle all this pressure….and He did. He, however, didn’t have to prove his worth to anyone but His Father God. Jesus didn’t for one second feel that he had to prove anything to anyone. He was simply carrying out His Father God’s Orders, no matter how small and no matter how big (and to sacrifice One’s Life for ALL?….oh, boy, I don’t think it gets any bigger than that, do you?).
Look, we all want to be liked. That’s fine! It really is. But to expect to be liked by ALL and/or to expect to be liked by what we do or don’t do, say or don’t say, feel or don’t feel, is ludicrous and long-suffering! The other day, I had to ask myself this question in my introspective contemplation of “what is going on with me today?”: “Who said life was going to be fair, Timothy?” Really. Who said that? Where did I get that? Who told me that? Somebody had to have told me that, right? Who?
Please listen to me (“Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.” – the words of Job’s young friend, Elihu [Job 32:10]): We are human beings. Jesus was a spirit being before He came down to earth. I think you and I are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, possibly never to come again, to surpass what is so limited to us as a human being. We are being called to “spirit being.” In my opinion, as limited as it is, Jesus NEVER would have been able to do and be and say and act like God’s Human if He had tried to do all that by “his” own might and power. That is why God brought down The Holy Spirit to Jesus and why Jesus left That Same Holy Spirit inside all of those who follow Him. If you think for one second that I can quit smoking by my own might and power, think again! I can ONLY do this by Holy Spirit Power. If you think for one second that I can stop seeking your approval and get you to like me by my own might and power, think again! I can ONLY do this by Holy Spirit Power. If you think for one second that I can be a human just being, think again! I can ONLY be a human gravitating toward spirit by Holy Spirit Power.
And trust me on this one: I am sure going to try, unfortunately, to become popular in your eyes and make people, like you, like me. I say, unfortunately, because I know have not completely surrendered my handicaps and my weaknesses to God. Try, try, try, as I might by my own might and power, I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET ALL TO LIKE AND APPROVE OF ME! Even if I did accomplish this by my own might and power, I know it would NEVER be enough. It would still leave me feeling “empty, and I would still be “empty.” And that’s because it is the wrong path; it’s the “tomb tune.” It’s the “dead end” by my own limited human power. The “alive begin” is when I draw on The Holy Spirit Power to do, like Jesus, the Will of My Father God. It’s God’s Peace, Approval, and Satisfaction I need. I can spend all day, hour by hour, minute by minute, moment by moment, trying to wrestle satisfaction out of this world and its people, but no satisfaction will I come to know. It’s not my will that “will” do this by my own might and power; it’s GOD’S WILL that “Will” do this by Holy Spirit Power.
“Timothy wanted to be popular and make people like him.”
“Sorry, Timothy. Your intentions are admirable, indeed, but it’s not yours for the taking. The taking is when you, Timothy, seek My Will for your life. I promise you that Jesus and I will be with you for all time. I promise you that you, like everyone else, Timothy, has The Holy Spirit in you to do what I need you to do. You can rest now, Timothy, from the fighting, the self-bickering, the ‘held breath,’ the longing for someone to just like you the way you want them to. You can rest from all that now, Timothy, because I am who I say I am (‘God is Love.’ – [1 John 4:16]), Jesus is who He says He is (‘I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life’ – [John 14:6]), and The Holy Spirit is who The Holy Spirit says It is (‘….and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power’ – [1 Corinthians 2:4]). Yes, indeed, now and forever more and for all time of your very short life here on Earth, you can, Timothy, rely on Holy Spirit Power to heal you. You, Timothy, can just rest now.” – GOD
(Timothy is resting now)