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It is not a surprise, but in life, people see themselves as the hero in their lives.  Every action, every circumstance is rationalized as the best course of action.  Truth is, however, the Lord sees our lives and judges our thoughts and actions by the standard of truth and righteousness.  Even if we are blind to selfishness and evil, God is not.  He judges our actions and thoughts by the standard of Godly vs. Godless.

Whether one is a king or a slave, their hearts are either self-absorbed or selfless.  Those that are selfless are judged by kings and people as great and stand out as true heroes.  The selfish, conversely, are judged by all as destructive and offensive.  Their paths are folly and no matter the plan they make–it never brings fulfillment and often leads to chaos.  Sadly, the selfish can’t even see the stark and offensive nature of their life.  As they flaunt their riches, as they connive and cheat their way through their day—their self-deluded perception of cleverness is simply a siren or flashing light to others that they are a fraud. 

That is why we are called to die to ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Christ.  In that version—God gets the glory and we get freedom and peace.  We have no need to be the star of our show—we need only to be the humble ambassador to our heavenly Father—then, at the end, as Paul promised, “When Christ—who is our life, appears, we will also appear with him in glory!” Colossians 3:4. There, at His side, we will truly be a hero standing with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

God Bless You

 

To humans belong the plans of the heart,     but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,     but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,     and he will establish your plans.

The Lord works out everything to its proper end—     even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests all the proud of heart.     Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;     through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,     he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Better a little with righteousness     than much gain with injustice.

In their hearts humans plan their course,     but the Lord establishes their steps.

10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,     and his mouth does not betray justice.