will you pour yourself out?

If I get out from under God’s guidance and start to build my kingdom for my glory, things will get off track quickly. Oh, we can still be “successful” by worldly terms but odds are, we’ll have substantial collateral damage in our relationships with those we love most.

You cannot build your kingdom and serve HIS Kingdom.

Morgan talks in chapter 1 about this faulty need in us of making a name for ourselves, making a little money and getting something going.  So, we spend our best energy at work and show up with home with mere scraps.  We scramble to prove to the world we have what it takes.

Because we’re building the wrong thing.

Morgan says that “I was always up, always on.  I found myself as a victim of this and frequently on defense.  And probing, I asked myself the question, “How am I loved” and my answer was “I am loved when I come through”.  I’d made an agreement with needing to always come through for others.  And I feared my epitaph would read, “He came through. He always came through proudly and anxiously for many and for much – at the expense of who and what mattered most.”

We talked last week about Rob & Carrie Strickland and their ministry at Highland Community Church and Truth Spring.  Their ministry is 15+ years old all right there on 5th avenue.  Most of Columbus flies up and down 2nd avenue rushing downtown to build their careers.  Few know what truly goes on over on 5th avenue.

There is a deep humility in their ministry.  There are no grand buildings.  No monuments.  Nothing that would draw your attention.  Ministry there is happening one broken, messy person at a time.  They are changing a neighborhood and a people from the inside out.  Isn’t this what Jesus modeled?  Isn’t this how He changes us?

You and I cannot build these monuments of worldly glory and be His disciples.  The two are mutually exclusive.  Our structures are in competition with our intimacy with God, and He knows they’re not getting us any closer to His heart.

Jesus modeled this at the Last Supper. The Messiah, the Creator, the Son of the Most High God lowered Himself before the meal and washed the feet of His disciples – all 12 including Judas who would betray Him. Jesus – the exalted One – took the lowest seat at the table and took on the posture of servant…

And He took that posture all the way up to the Cross. He came as a King but not the kind of “king” the world knew. He didn’t build castles or empires or grand buildings to His glory. He didn’t set out to make a little money, make a reputation or to build his stature in the power structure. He came to serve.

He poured Himself out for us.

So, yes, Morgan’s first chapter is entitled “Becoming Powerful” but it isn’t the “powerful” that this world knows. It is men consenting to the process of being broken down so He can build us back up. It is navigating the process of restoration to become the kind of man who could handle the power he’s been entrusted with.

Do you stand over your family demanding they respect you? Do you keep score with your wife and expect her to serve you more than you are serving her? At work, are you not satisfied that you’re not getting the attention and accolades you “deserve”? Do you live in fear that it will all run out or that business won’t flourish or that you’ll never achieve that reputation you’re striving for? Tomorrow, at Thanksgiving, with your wife and the family, will you sit back and wait to be served or will you live day with the posture of servant, not keeping score but pouring yourself out for them?

what kingdom?

What kingdom are you building? Your kingdom or His?

Nebuchadnezzar tore down Solomon’s temple.  600 years later, Herod built the second temple.  10,000 workers constructed the temple.  The average stone in the wall weighed 10,000 tons.  They were so precisely laid that not even a piece of paper could slide in between the stones.  The temple was massive with soaring roofs and spires covered in gold.

Cara Murphy in her book The Inquisitive Christ says that our self-promotion is as natural and unconscious as breathing.  We need to know we at least measure up to others.  We are driven to act on our own behalf, making a name for ourselves in the circles that matter most.

You and I covet structures, built to serve our undeniable need.  I hear the rumbling deep down for towers, castles, and temples – the “great buildings” erected for personal honor, protection, provision.  They are designed to draw the eye to our own glory.

“As Jesus was leaving the temple that day, one of His disciples said, “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings!  Look at the impressive stones in the walls.”  Jesus replied, “Yes, look at these great buildings.  But they will be completely demolished.  Not one stone will be left on top of another.” 

Mark 13:1-2
Ballycarbery Castle Ireland

Cara continues – At the time of Ballycarbery castle’s full glory, it must have been absolutely intimidating, jutting out from the coastline like at stone-wrapped fist.  But, no more.  Our towers, castles, monuments, and temples will never deliver what our souls crave.  They are painfully temporal, fated to fall.  We spend so much of our time, our energy, and our gifting in self-promotional building projects.  For a while, they may cause others, even ourselves, to gasp in wonder and jealousy.

For a little while.

Like Herod’s temple, what we and others see may glitter in the sunlight.  Like Ballycarbery castle centuries ago, we may seem immune to suffering and loss.  Like the Tower of Babel, we may be elevated above the known world in beauty and power.

Jesus sees the realty behind the extravagance.

He looks at these structures and sees them for exactly what they are.  Our pride-structures and nothing more than an ugly, razor-edged wall, a barrier between us and Him.  Our buildings of pride, while lovely to our vision, are an eyesore to Heaven.  We think they’ll take us closer to God, but in the end, they always become competing towers to His glory – and He will not allow them to stand.

“Do you see these great buildings?”, He asks, “They will all be torn down.”

As we set out today, whose glory are we seeking? His or ours?

consenting to disruption…

Will you consent to the process? This entire season we’ve been asking this question. By even opening this post, you are at least consenting to a portion. Will you take the time to really read this? To let the words wash over you and ask the Father, “What is it You are up to Father in this?”. There is much here. I’ve tried to condense it but I make no apologies for the length. In this culture, few of us have the attention span to invest even in reading this post, much less Morgan’s book. Will you? Will you watch the video at the end? Will you invest the time?

God is always at work chipping away at our kingdoms.  I have a way I do life and a way that I’ve “figured out” how to make life “work”.  God is always at work against that.  God is sanding us down, shaping us, molding us.

The problems you and I have truly are not external – they are a picture of what is going on in the internal, underneath the surface.  You and I are this iceberg.  This iceberg is a picture of your kingdom.  There is the seen and the unseen part of you. 

How much time do you spend on your outside (the poser, the false-self, the image you want everyone to see) vs. how much time do you invest on your inside? (in the deep work, the 90% below the surface) Which one lasts forever?  Your heart and the way it can come alive scripture says, will live forever.

This question is disruptive. Or at least … it should be.

Page 7 of the book, Morgan warns us about the “check engine” light flashing on our dashboard.  He says that he finds himself where “My dreams and desires have become very simple: a few hours’ sleep, a beer, a cup of coffee, or – someday – maybe even ten minutes of stillness.  As the margin in my life evaporated, the negative impact of my style of relating with Cherie increased. I could see the check engine light on the dashboard of my soul illuminated but our lives seemed to be functioning well enough, and as long as the car is still running, who has the time or emotional space to check under the hood anyway?”

Here are more questions that should get our attention …

Why do I check my phone first thing in the morning to see what emails I have overnight?  What compels me to do this? Why do I use food or exercise or alcohol or sex as medicine to try and change how I’m currently feeling in the moment? Why do I feel the need to always move into the fast lane in traffic? Why do I always find myself rushing, trying to get more accomplished than is realistic? Why do I constantly feel like I need to be heard? What compels me to always interject my opinion or have the last word in a conversation?

Needless to say, there is much going on beneath your surface.

Last week, we said – The Kingdom is like the tectonic plates moving and shifting below us.  Every now and then, they collide, and an earthquake or volcano goes off.  The Kingdom is ever present, ever moving, ever pressing, pressing, pressing and heating things up. 

Lysa Terkeurst said in her book – It’s not supposed to be this wayWe live in a broken world where broken things happen.  So, it’s not surprising that things get broken in our lives as well.  But what about those times when things aren’t just broken but shattered beyond repair?  Shattered to the point of dust.  At least when things are broken there’s some hope you can glue the pieces back together.  But what if there are aren’t even pieces to pick up in front of you?  You can’t glue dust.

It’s hard to hold dust.  What was once something so very precious is now reduced to nothing but weightless powder even the slightest wind could carry away.  We want God to fix it all.  Edit this story so it has a different ending.  Repair this heartbreaking reality.  But what if fixing, editing and repairing isn’t at all what God has in mind for us in this shattering?

What if, this time, God desires to make something completely brand-new?  Right now.  On this side of eternity.  No matter how shattered our circumstances may seem.

Dust is the exact ingredient God loves to use.

We may think the shattering in our lives could not possibly be for any good.  But what if shattering is the only way to get dust back to its basic form so that something new can be made? When mixed with water, dust becomes clay.  Clay, when placed in the potter’s hands, can be formed into anything the potter dreams up! Dust doesn’t have to signify the end.  Dust is often what must be present for the new to begin.

Your life is like a densely populated city. In order for something new to be built, some things need to be torn down to make way for the new. God is there chipping away at us, the tectonic plates beneath us shifting, shaking us up. He molds us. He makes us. He sands down the rough edges. He saws off the excess. Sometimes, He needs to have us ground down to dust before He can rebuild us. He sees what we can become and … if we will consent … He will craft us into the men He meant when He meant us.

Eugene Peterson talked about pottery in his book Run with the horseman talking about Jeremiah following God’s instruction to go to the potter’s house…  So, I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel.  He is working at a wheel that has a formless mass of clay on it.  He turns the wheel and with skilled fingers shapes the clay.  A little pressure here, more there, a vessel begins to rise out of that shapeless lump.

The brute fact of the clay, lumpish and inert, shaped for a purpose by the hands of the potter, and then, as it took shape, it becomes the uniquely designed creation of the potter.  God shapes us for His eternal purposes, and He begins right here.  The dust out of which we are made and the image of God into which we are made are one and the same.

God kneads and presses, pushes and pulls.  The creative work starts over again, patiently and skillfully.  God doesn’t give up.  God doesn’t throw away the spoiled clay. 

Storms are the triumph of His art.

Now, all that said as introduction … now watch this video. Fast forward to 16:55 minutes in and watch.

There is this discarded piece of lumber…

In that rough piece of wood, HE unveiled a beauty…

HE exercised a fierce mastery, chiseling, chain sawing, sanding, finishing, delivering, unveiling a gift … a treasure to the larger community…

That creation causes awe and wonder and should, to all those that see what has emerged from what was previously discarded, cause them to listen for and look for God…

This is what God is up to in you.  You are the clay.  HE is the potter… 

You are the discarded wood.  HE is the craftsman and the artist who knows who you are and who it is you have yet to become.

Will you consent to the process of letting God work deeply in you to uncover the true you, the real you, the submitted you?

kingdoms fall…

To follow on last week’s post about the election and Nebuchadnezzar. There are five implications of this..

One – we now know the main reason for the turmoil in this world.  It is not only for the moral weaknesses of human society nor the demonic forces. The upheaval we feel and see is the progress of the hidden Kingdom of Jesus.  He keeps invading human kingdoms, but He keeps being resisted and rejected.  The fundamental issue is our resistance to King Jesus.

Two – turmoil continues until resistance ends.  Unrest will mark this world until humanity lays down its resistance to Jesus.  Since the Gospel has been preached, every one of us is under pressure.  His new world order is pressing against us.  The pressure is relieved when we lay down our resistance and give into the Kingdom of grace.  The turmoil in me will be there until I surrender.

Three – This is the positive of #2 – turmoil is a prelude to a further inbreaking of the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom is like the tectonic plates moving and shifting below us.  Every now and then, they collide, and an earthquake or volcano goes off.  The Kingdom is ever present, ever moving, ever pressing, pressing, pressing and heating things up.  The turmoil in your life and in mine is not an absence of God – it is quite the opposite.  It is a sign of the presence of God pressing up against the reign of the other gods to whom you and I have bowed.  It isn’t that God has forgotten us, it is God bothering us just as He did Nebuchadnezzar. 

Four – this is hard to hear but it is critical – Daniel’s interpretation of the dream warns us that it is possible to waste our lives, waste our talents, waste our time, waste our energy and waste our money on that which finally does not count.  Whatever is not consistent with the Kingdom of Jesus will one day be revealed for what it is – chaff which the wind will blow away leaving no trace of its existence.  Charles Colson stood on the grounds of the Roman Senate now in dust and rubble and he realized that the only lasting Kingdom was God’s. 

Men, we must realize it is possible to spend your entire life serving an empire (your business, the United States, etc.) which is, in the end, forgotten.

which kingdom do you serve?
the Roman Senate

Five – We never waste our lives living for the Kingdom of God.  No human kingdom no matter how hard they try, political or personal, secular or ecclesiastical, liberal or conservative, East or West, Marxist or capitalist can finally block the coming of King Jesus.  We never seek His Kingdom in vain.

The coming triumph and progress of the Kingdom of the little Stone is inevitable.  One day it will be the mountain that fills the whole earth.

Nothing stands in the way of Jesus.  Nothing.

the election does not matter…

God is fiercely committed to thwarting our building so He can get to these places in us that need reconstruction. God is not interested in the 10% of you that is visible above the surface. That part of you is false – it is your pose. It hides your wounds, your fears, your brokenness. You put on a false front of having it all together. What you know is that the 90% of you that is below the surface is where the “real” you is…

The problems you and I have truly are not external – they are a picture of what is going on in the internal, underneath the surface.  You and I are this iceberg.  This iceberg is a picture of your kingdom.  There is the seen and the unseen part of you.  Are you willing to consider giving God the 90% below the surface? Are you willing to let this go? Are you willing to surrender? Are you open to consider a radical reconstruction and the possibility that there may be more of what God meant when He meant you?

So here we are after the election.  Maybe we know the result, maybe we don’t.  I’m here to tell you this morning, it does NOT matter.  I’ll explain why.

Read Daniel 2.  It fits perfectly with this discussion we’ve been having about excavation and becoming whole-hearted in Christ and, it needs to be read this morning after the election.  If Trump is proudly boasting of his victory today or if Kamala Harris is dancing on stage celebrating their ascension to power, Daniel 2 needs to be read.

God is at work as we speak.  The Gospel is a rolling thunder across humanity.  He is pushing and pressing in against us as men. He pushes and presses in against kingdoms and governments.  There is more of what God wants for you.  It isn’t always a pleasant process.

Daniel is in captivity in Babylon. The best of Israel has been captured and sent to Babylon for indoctrination into an entirely new way of life – new economy, new music, new literature, new gods. In the middle of this captivity, God comes against King Nebuchadnezzar in his dreams. Haunted by these repeating dreams, he can find no one that can tell him what the dream is or what it means. Enter Daniel. Daniel and his friends turn to God and beg for His divine revelation. God gives Daniel what the dream was and what it meant. Nebuchadnezzar sees this towering giant statue of gold, silver, bronze and iron…

The statue is a symbol of four kingdoms – most scholars think these are, in order, Babylon, the Medes & Persian empire, the Greek empire and finally, the Roman empire.  Following history, the dream implies Rome would be the last empire before the empire that would never be destroyed arrived.  Indeed, Christ was born in the middle of the Roman empire.

Rome was mighty beyond imagination. A kingdom that stretched from northern Europe, into Africa and into the Middle East. Rome ran the world. It had a reach and breadth of staggering proportions. Think of Gladiator – the triumphal arrival of the evil Commodus in the mighty city, the center of the world, the home of the most powerful kingdom ever on Earth …

Here is a picture of the Roman senate today …

The lesson for each one of us and the message to Nebuchadnezzar is the same – empires built on faulty foundations ultimately will collapseThe present unraveling we are living through in Western civilization is not a surprise.  What happened last night in the election is not a surprise to God. 

Unrest is prevalent in Europe and it has landed in America.  Where have you put your hope?  In America?  In the Republican party?  In the Democrats to finally come in here and make everything right and fair?  These empires will crumble.

The Soviet Union collapsed as did Rome.  America will collapse at some point as will China.  Johnson says in this teaching on Daniel that empires built by rejecting the presence of God eventually will fall apart.  Listen to me here – empires built by rejecting the presence of GodYes, he is talking about empires like Rome or America or China, but he is also talking about you and me.  Your empire.  Your life. 

If my life rejects the presence of God, my life will collapse.

“These kingdoms fell because they stood in the way of and blocked the progress of the coming Kingdom of Jesus” … did Rome do that?  Absolutely.  They crucified Jesus.  Did the Soviet Union?  Of course.  Does China today – yes, there is an underground church there for a reason.  Does America stand in the way and block the progress of God’s kingdom?  With abortion, the hatred, the division, the rampant pornography addiction, legalization of drugs, gay marriage and more, our nation is turning away from God and with what now feels like almost a growing hatred of God, I’m afraid the answer to that is “yes”. 

To all these kingdoms, Daniel 2 is an ominous warning.  2:44 – “The God of Heaven will set up a Kingdom that will never be destroyed.  It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever.”

Daniel saw those 4 kingdoms and he saw the stone not cut by human hands and he saw that stone fall and strike the feet of this statue/image.  That stone broke the statue into pieces.  They all became like chaff and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them could be found.  But the stone grew and grew and eventually, will become a great mountain that will fill the whole earth.  

Jesus came to rescue us but also to call the whole world to a new world order.  An order of justice, of mercy, of light, of love, of healing and wholeness.  A kingdom of reconciliation and restoration.

The stone is rolling across this planet.  Jesus is not deterred.

So in the context of Babylon and Rome, the election last night simply does not matter. “No, you’re wrong, that election could turn the entire history of the United States and we’ll never get this county back.” I hear that a lot. But here is the harsh reality, America will not survive. We don’t know when but we do know the “if”. America won’t stand. The only Kingdom that will stand forever is the Kingdom of Jesus.

What are the implications for us? Read the next post!

run with the horses?

As we’ve said, it is our tendency as men to want things cheap, easy and quick. Many of us don’t have the fuel for the deep restoration. We just need a quick shot of fuel and then we’re right back at trying to conquer life. It is a sure fire formula for a burned-out life. Jeremiah was in this place and God came right after him…

“So, Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood?”

Jeremiah 12:5

said another way, “What do you want to achieve? Greater riches? Cheaper chicken? A happier life, a longer life? Is it power over your neighbors that you are after? Are you only running away from your death? Or are you seeking greater wisdom and deeper piety?”

Life is difficult, Jeremiah. Are you going to quit at the first wave of opposition? Are you going to retreat when you find that there is more to life than finding three meals a day and a dry place to sleep at night? Are you going to run home the minute you find that the mass of men and women are more interested in keeping their feet warm than in living at risk to the glory of God? Are you going to live courageously or cautiously? I called you to live at your best, to pursue righteousness, to sustain a drive toward excellence. It is easier, I know, to be neurotic. It is easier to be parasitic. It is easier to relax in the embracing arms of The Average. Easier, but not better. Easier, but not more fulfilling. I called you to a life of purpose far beyond what you think yourself capable of living and promised you adequate strength to fulfill your destiny. Now at the first sign of difficulty you are ready to quit. If you are fatigued by this run-of-the-mill crowd of apathetic mediocrities, what will you do when the real race starts, the race with the swift and determined horses of excellence? What is it you really want, Jeremiah? Do you want to shuffle along with this crowd, or run with the horses?

Eugene Peterson Run with the Horses

It took Jeremiah a little while but he eventually decided to run with the horses...

Do you want it easy? Or are you willing to do the hard work to become what it is God meant when He meant you?


What is the most important thing?

What if you had another chance?

What if there was a secret treasure waiting to be found? What if there was an ancient path that led to life as it was meant to be?

            Would you take it?

What if it wasn’t easy, what if it wasn’t cheap, what if it wasn’t quick?

What if there was a way to become who God meant when He meant you?

What if you could have your whole heart restored?

What if you could be strong again?  Courageous again?  And learned to live with a ferocity that outlives your life?

What if that is what they remembered?

The whole process we are engaged in is one of becoming.  Morgan frequently asks, “will you consent to the process of becoming?”

“The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it’s who you become.  That’s what you will take into eternity.”

Dallas Willard

This is the essential question for us this morning. Not what has happened in the past. Not the failures, the oversights, the missed opportunities or the broken relationships. That’s the past. The question for us is into the future … what is it that you will become?

What would it look like if you consented to becoming the man God meant when God meant you? God “meant” you. You are no accident. You are designed with intention and purpose. God has a vision for you and your life. We all take life and run with it. We part from God and take control. We create a mess in the process. What we’re attempting to do here is to surrender that and open ourselves to what it is God wants to do in us and through us. It will mean you have to lay down your kingdom and your way of making life work. It will mean you will have to consent to the process of letting God tear down some things so He can build them back up. God is at work. Will you will consent?

Eugene Peterson covers this beautifully in his book, Run with the Horses …

“One of the supreme tasks of the faith community is to announce to us early and clearly the kind of life into which we can grow, to help us set our sights on what it means to be a human being complete. Not one of us, at this moment, is complete. In another hour, another day, we will have changed. We are in the process of becoming either less or more. There are a million chemical and electrical interchanges going on in each of us this very moment. There are intricate moral decisions and spiritual transactions taking place. What are you becoming? Less or more?

John, writing to an early community of Christians, said, “But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see Him – and in seeing Him, become like Him.” (1 John 3:2)

We are children; we will be adults. We don’t yet see the results of what we are becoming, but we know the goal, to be like Christ, or in Paul’s words, to arrive at being “fully mature adults, fully developed within or without, fully alive in Christ” (Eph 4:13).

We do not deteriorate. We do not disintegrate. We become.


God wants to tear down what is false in us so He can bring about His design and plan for your life.  Every one of us have all orchestrated this way of navigating life.  You have invested many years in perfecting these ways of operating your life…

To become what God wants us to become, we’re going to have to consent to letting Him tear down these false structures of operating so He can take us down to the good soil and excavate out these false ways of operating.

Most men are propped up kingdoms.  Out of your fear.  Out of your shame.  Out of the accolades.  Out of your gifting and being championed beyond your maturity – you have figured out a way to make life work (sort of).  The storm will come, and these structures won’t stand, and most men become a statistic.

The question is, will your story be different?

This morning should have had the effect of being disruptive for you. We can talk all we want about our drivenness or our posing or these false structures that we’ve built to navigate life … that we need to to tear those things down so God can build back up. Yeah, yeah, yeah …. blah, blah, blah. Gimme that, I’ll knock it out and move on. It is sort of life saying, “My wife and I keep having these issues but tonight I’m going home and this is going to change.”

Good luck with that. We fight bravely and we die quickly. Nothing about this is fast or quick or cheap or easy. If you think it is, tackle these 4 questions…

What is it that I want for my legacy?

What is it that I want to be said about my life in the campfires of the kingdom?

What is it that I want my wife to describe about me when she’s hanging out with her friends talking about our marriage?

What words would my kids use to describe my emotional life around them?

We get a chance to bring all that to God.  One of the “awful” things about God is that He is fiercely committed to thwarting our building so that He can get to this place in us.

Luke 2:23 “The child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many.” He will enable us to fall so that He can build us back up.

What’s not working in your life? Drivenness.  Marriage.  Huge addiction to food.  Struggling to let go of outcomes as the basis of my prayer life.

I’m so convinced I am a far better strategist over my life than God is – that I know better.  

Do you really? Will you consent to the process of letting God do what only He can in your life?

a densely populated city…

“A 30-year old man (truthfully, any man and probably more so for older men) is like a densely populated city; nothing new can be built … without something else being torn down.”

Mike Mason

We all have this need to be validated as men.  As a man, you have a question.  Multiple questions.  Deep longings.  We all have taken these to wrong places along the way.  We seek validation through women, through success, through being noticed, through our career.  That I must come through.  That I am loved when ______.

Many of us had young marriages and young kids and yet, we took our question to the world to get answered and caused harm to those we most loved. 

Now, we must tear some things down and clear space in our hearts and in our stories so that God can build back what it is He desires for us.

There is no room in this city for anything new.  Something must be torn down.  The same is true in your life.  You are not living as a son.  You’re living as an orphan, taking your questions to the wrong places.  These things need to come down.

We have these questions and we live our lives out through them. We’re out there trying to get these answered … or, through our wounds, we’ve taken these and turned them into beliefs…

Do I have what it takes? Do I matter? Can I make a name for myself? I am loved when I perform or when I come through. What I show you is more important than who I am. Do you love me?

Most men take these and we use our kingdom to attempt to answer that nagging question that has never been answered. “Am I loved?” I’ll use my charm and skills to out and seek validation that indeed I am loved. Or, I’ll take this question to women seeking that answer. “Can I make a name for myself?” and we’ll run out into the world working insane hours at the expense of our family chasing the answer to this.

And so our “city” looks like this …

All of us have built a way of operating through life. An internal operating system much like what runs a computer. We’ve built these structures and we’ve figured out how to make life work around, “I’ve got pain and wounding but I’m going to prove I’ve got what it takes” and that’s our daily, driving motivation. Others of us have figured out we can just pose our way through life – that I can present to you I am a successful man – through my dress, my attitude, my persona, etc. – I will present that I’ve got it figured out and that becomes my operating system for life. That the 10% I show you above the waterline is far more important than the 90% below the line.

God wants to tear that false operating system down. He wants to tear down that structure you’ve built your personality around. It’s going to require tearing down a support beam that holds you up. It is a dismantling of the false self, the poser. It isn’t pleasant and many men will just punt here and pass on this.

In order to “become” we must first consent. What can rise above from the ashes will be what God originally designed for us in the first place.