humility: a walk through the push and pull

Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant.  If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. Matthew 23:12, The MSG

As a believer, you’re suspended between two worlds when you log online. Marketers are in the business of pushing your hot buttons – the emotional wires that when tripped just right make you want to buy, buy, and buy things.

Hot buttons are needs and desires we all have for things like control, status, and fun. Marketers know your needs and it’s their job to satisfy them with a better idea, product or service. If they can get you to become preoccupied (and even obsessed) with your own needs, then they own your mind and your pocketbook. And if you’ve got a large social network, they’ve likely managed to influence some of your friends too.

Does this make marketers evil? No. It just lumps them in with the rest of mankind destined to creatively toil for food and shelter.

So by now it’s clear the language of this online mission field isn’t Swahili, Arabic or Thai. It’s fame and significance.

For the Christian trying to figure out how to be in this world but not of this world, the online culture presents an ever-present conflict-a constant tug of war. The 24/7 push and pull of information generates the ‘me-centric’ environment ripe with emotional landmines. But it is still possible for you to walk humbly with your God through all of it.

Remember: It takes absolute intention and diligence to guard your heart and the power of the Holy Spirit to help you win this war.

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Why do think fame and significance are so seductive?

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  • Rachelhauck

    GREAT post! I think it requires a constant gaze toward the burning, passionate heart of Jesus toward us. And believing, BELIEVING He’s the God at the flood. The God at Jericho. The God who saves, heals and sets free from demonic oppression. He is willing and He is able.

    Once we get, truly get and ingest WHO Jesus is, there is nothing that will pull us away from Him. Momentarily maybe, but only for a moment.

    Oh, that I may run THAT journey.


  • Tami Heim

    You have such a beautiful way of saying it straight from the heart. Thanks Rachel – I am running right there beside you.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    So loving this week’s posts!

    We all have a need to feel loved and special. Unless we recognize our significance as coming from the Source of all love, the One who created us for His special purpose–unless we cling to Him and gain our identity from the King of Everything–we will seek to fill that void with shiny things, with worldly fame and significance. Once we realize who we are in Him, the opinion of man melts.

  • Tami Heim

    Sandy, I love that image of ‘man’s opinion melting away.’ That’s what happens as we stand close to His light-all the other stuff-melts away.

  • Kmac4him

    I think it has to do with our will being out of position! We have to press in prayer to have an undivided heart!
    Willessness is key to keeping your spirit-soul-mind undivided! When you buck up your willfulness – your heart becomes divided between earth and heaven… your focus is no longer completely for God’s glory and as it shifts to a worldly position of seeking human significance; then you are prey for an attack of fame-at-tude! Willessness is key to an undivided heart! Bowing before God each day, dropping your will at His feet in submissive-reverence, really helps to keep your heart undivided! Guarding your heart diligently in Kingdom principles helps to ward off the wily-will-worldly temptations and keep Jesus as your simply-significant one desire! I find when you drift towards desiring worldly titles-names, instead of lifting up the Name of Jesus 1st, take a look in the mirror, your soul will be trumped by your will! Call upon Jesus because His name trumps all! Pray every day: Lord give me an undivided heart, that I may respect Your name 1st in the all of my everything and then put action on your prayer by laying down your will-expectations-desires (Ps 62:5) and taking up a Kingdom Trade for a great Kingdom Purpose!

    Psalm 86:11
    Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
    New International Version, ©2010 (NIV)

    Psalm 86:11 Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name.(A)
    Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

    Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.
    Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

  • Tami Heim

    Kim – You just wrote the instruction manual for ‘how to guard you heart.’ Wow. You actually completed the ‘rest of the blog post.’ Bless you for sharing all of this with us!