Yes, I was that mom who sang the Veggie Tales songs at the top of my lungs—even when my kids were not in the car, “We are the grapes of wrath, we never take a bath!” Veggie Tales were written and performed in part by Phil Vischer, founder of the company Big Idea Productions. In six years, his dream company shot to the top and then—suddenly died. After the collapse, he said, “Seven years ago, my dream died, and I discovered once all the noise faded away what I have been missing all along. The impact that God has planned for us does not occur when we are pursuing impact. It occurs when we are pursuing God.” Phil said that Abraham’s dream was Isaac. When God asked Abraham to put Isaac on the altar, God wanted to know if Abraham would let go of everything before letting go of God. Abraham proved that the gift of Isaac was not more important than God was to him. (Genesis 22:1-19)
This made me think: Has the passion of pursuing my gifts exceeded my passion of pursuing God?
Phil said something that was a huge wake up call to me: “I realized that my good works had become an idol that defined me. Rather than finding my identity and my relationship with God, I was finding it in my intense drive to do good works.” Wow—that’s been me so many times! I’ve fallen into the trap of making my identity (what makes me confident and secure) in being—a parent, an attorney, a singer, a volleyball player, or a writer of devotionals like the one you’re reading right now!
God knows us better than we know ourselves. King Solomon received this instruction: “Know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee…” (1 Chronicles 28:9a) If God knows our every thought, He knows who we are and thus, our identity should be found MOST—in Him. Every other identity we have—mom, teacher, attorney, etc., is a gift from God. When our gifts are on the altar, we are free to pursue God. When He is our most passionate pursuit, we truly know who we are!
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