Sunday night was about the act of twisting and maligning the great gift of personal achievement in order to gain value and purpose, or even an identity from THAT. We terminate the joy on the accomplishment and turn it into yet another god-replacement. 2 things really about this one: 1. It’s probably the easiest of the false gods to worship 2. It brings with it great pressure to constantly gain for yourself bigger, better achievement. I noted that most of the people within our group felt that weight and pressure daily. We are a culture that looks to the individual and asks, “So what have you done so that I should respect/honor you?”
One of the bigger talking points was that of sibling rivalry. Close quarters can make the pressure even more ….pressure-y. If a brother os sister has a 4.0, you’re 3.5 isn’t quite cutting it, now is it?
How does one get out of the rat race? How can we really escape the pressures of achievement and the enslavement to the trophy/badge/polished up ‘you name it’?
I find it interesting that Jesus said this something was finished on the cross as He breathed His last. What exactly was being finished? A lot of things, but what is pertinent to our discussion right now is the old order was being demolished. Kingdoms were colliding with that phrase. The old way, one could say the demonic and fleshly way, was being stood on it’s head. See, the world operates a certain way. We are someone because we have ______. That’s the world’s way of personal worth and identity. Jesus dismantles that on the cross, He accomplished a new way; humanity 2.0.
You might be temped to look around for a standard of worth. You might be tempted use your siblings as the benchmark for what real personal value is or is not. Please remember though; the way of the cross. We don’t glory in our accomplishments, rather something done on our behalf. We glory in an instrument for execution. We glory and identify with the One who for the joy set before Him, entered into the shame and said, “It is finished.”
Worldliness has a rival set of glory; for all those in bondage to the idea that accomplishments equal worth, you are drinking deep from the wells of the world. Drop that idea and repent. Rather than sweating to accomplish for value, rest in the accomplishment that was finished for you. He lived the life you could never life and died the death you should have died. ironically, this will free you up to accomplish and NOT turn it into an idol-you’ll be able to enjoy the gift even more.