Yesterday, I stayed home, sick with two sick kids. We watched TV, and though all of our service providers are streaming, some services put commercials to keep their shows free. I am amazed (I shouldn't be) about how our rebellion against God is so pronounced, and is being force fed to us over and again. It's on social media, the news, television, our music, and movies: it's everywhere. At some point, turning to my wife, I watched a social media commercial celebrating how great the individual is, and said "This is the attitude that got us removed from the Garden of Eden."
When it comes down to it, I am not enough. I am weak, rebellious, self-centered, and selfish. If I look at my motivations, it's about the celebration of self over God's intent and design over me. This is the lie we're being force fed, though I daresay, it tastes sweet, and we consume it like sugar. This attitude, though, diminishes us. When we worship something smaller than God (And, yes, we are much smaller than God), we become diminished. Yet God drives us to more and more if we seek Him out over everything we do. When God introduced Himself to Moses, he introduced Himself in this way: God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’"-Exodus 3:14
I AM is more powerful than I am. I AM, the God of the universe, draws me closer to Himself by making me like His Son. I AM takes this diminished, rebellious, broken form and raises it up. I AM gives me a new heart, a new life, and a new name. I will die to myself, and seek I AM, for there, in the presence of almighty God, I find who I was always meant to become. John 14:1-14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask m anything in my name, I will do it."