I ran across someone yesterday using the verse, “I must be less and he must be more” to justify not going after anything more than what they already have, to merely settle, and silence the whispers that say, ‘there is more’.
To the person stuck with self at the center this is the kind of theology we get.
To those hunkered in right and wrong, good and bad kind of thinking, theology gets skewed.
“I must be less and he must be more” becomes about doing less, when it is rather an injunction to living bigger than ourselves.
I less and God more means that our lives are poured out on behalf of others.
I less and God more means that the decision we make do not revolve around our comfort or our safety, whether physically or psychologically.
Refusing to go after that ‘more’ that God calls each of us to, is choosing psychological safety. And it is death. A living death.
Because we are in fact made for so much more.
Contentment in God is not about ensuring our comfort. Its about giving our comfort away and finding in the midst of less that we are at home none-the-less.
Oswald Chambers put it best, “Let us pray lest we seek merely for peace and not to and for God himself.”
God forbid that we should use his word to live safer lives.