At H2O (our church community) we are going through the seven “I AM” statements. If you have ever read them you know that the undercurrent to each dialogue/proclamation is Jesus’ claim that He is the one God in humble human flesh. We are in our third week of our series and for the past two weeks our congregation has sung the song, which is not-so-accidentally called, “The Great I AM”. The song is lyrically rich and the arrangement is stirring indeed. I was impacted by a phrase in the lyrics tonight which states,
Who is worthy?
None besides thee
God Almighty, The Great I am
I was struck with these lyrics and wondered to myself, “Why do I give my heart to that which is not worthy of it?”. It is incredibly convicting question. Each day our culture swarms us with messages that encourage us to give our hearts to things or people that don’t deserve it. They don’t deserve it because they inevitably leave us disappointed with the expectations that we place on that thing or person (an expectation they he/she/it was never meant to fulfill). Attributing worth to that which is ultimately worthy is the call that stands opposed to the trivialities that our culture places before our heart. There is only One who is deserving of our love and it most certainly is not the “mud-pies” that our culture seeks to coerce us with. God is deeply concerned with our love, but yet so is our consumerist culture. Our love is misguided if we are caught up in giving our hearts over to that which is not most worthy.
I am reminded of a quote from C.S. Lewis in his sermon entitled “The Weight of Glory”:
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased