It seems, these days, that a lot of us are walking around with a chip on our shoulder. At some time in our lives, we were treated unfairly or we feel we weren’t afforded the same opportunities as someone who (we perceive) is doing better than we are, in life.
However, when we are secure in our identity in Christ, we know that God imagined and created EACH ONE of us; Jesus died for ALL of us; there is a purpose for EVERY person.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
The problem is, many of us don’t actually seek Him. We long to have purpose, but we’re not willing to allow God to chip away at those things that hinder us from intimacy with Him. It is through that intimacy that we are transformed more and more into His image. And as we begin to look more like Him, others are able to see Him in us…and our purpose becomes clear.
If anyone had the right to have a chip on His shoulder, it was Jesus. In order to save us, He had to leave His throne and live among His creation. He had to teach the deep mysteries of God to a bunch of “sheep” and deal with the know-it-all Pharisees. And then He was convicted, beaten and hung on a cross for crimes that He didn’t commit. All to save…us.
How many of us would do what Jesus did?
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
Yeah…Jesus definitely could have had a chip on His shoulder. But He didn’t. Instead, He demonstrated what being a chip off the old block looks like.
Jesus said what He heard the Father saying and did what He saw the Father doing. God sent His Son to die for us…and Jesus was obedient.
Just as we are called to be obedient.
But instead of obedience, we often choose rebellion and continue to carry our chips.
Perhaps we should just let the chips fall where they may and be honest with ourselves…and with God. Is it our disobedience that hinders us from what God calls us to? Are we willing to surrender the chip on our shoulder in order to become more like Him?
I encourage you to take a few moments to watch a preview of “God’s Chisel” by the Skit Guys. It demonstrates the process of God chipping away the garbage in our lives…because He loves us too much to leave us where we are.
But we have to allow Him to do the work.
I would like to add that it was in the middle of the night that the chip idioms started popping into my head…primarily “chip on your shoulder” and “chip off the old block.” I instantly knew what I was going to be writing about, today. I never realized how many chip idioms there were until I started writing, this morning! So…
When the chips are stacked against you or all of your chips are down – and you find that you’re walking around with a chip on your shoulder – remember that God will never leave you nor forsake you. He is FOR you and if you allow Him to do so, He will chip away the things that hinder you from intimacy with Him. And as this happens, you will begin to look more and more like your Father…you’ll become a chip off the old block.
See you on Monday!