Have you ever had occasion to talk to a stranger and realize you have so much in common with that person you may as well be related? Well, guess what? You are related – in Christ. Not only does our lineage run back from our family here in Omaha all the way to Noah, but as children of God, we are all brothers and sisters.
I recently spoke with someone and the similarity in many areas was striking. But, there is one way in which all should strive to be similar to this individual. What way is that, one may ask. Well, it’s because she considers herself a “God-Chick.” Each person should become such. Except the men, of course. They should strive to be God-Dudes. Ok, Ok, I can hear some saying, what in the world is she talking about? What is a God chick? Well, its one who is all about God. God is their number one priority.
You see, oftentimes, we get so wrapped up in trying to meet our own needs, we forget God. Perhaps we work so many hours that we do not take Sundays off, or rarely have the time or energy to pray and read our Bibles. Or perhaps we are wrapped up in helping others through ministry that we forget that we cannot earn our own salvation. Whatever the case, let us not forget that we cannot do one thing without God.
As Matthew 6:33 reminds us, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” If we first act in a way focuses on God ahead of ourselves, we will not want. He will provide. As the passage explains, we are not to worry about tomorrow. If we put God first, He will take care of our tomorrows. As the Bible explains, God cares for the sparrows and all their needs are met. How much more so will He meet our needs? Since we cannot change even one hair on our heads, what is the point in running ourselves crazy trying to change our situation?
Think of it as a marriage. If everyone is following God’s commands concerning marriage, no one should be meeting their own needs. Yet everyone’s needs are met. See, the wife meets the husband’s needs, the husband in turn puts his wife first and meets her needs, and together they care for the needs of the children. However, when one becomes selfish and begins to concern themself solely with meeting their own needs, the whole thing falls apart. The husband, when he ceases to care for the needs of the wife, forces her to do so. She, too, will begin to act selfishly. She will have no choice. As the children see these things occurring, they also will be affected by the lack of caring in the home. It becomes a case of every man – or woman – for their self.
All of this holds true in the spiritual, just as in the physical. We indeed may be able to sustain ourselves aside from God, but it will become a constant struggle. We are bound to fail eventually. However, when we put selfishness aside and do what is asked of us by God first, He will take care of the rest. Remember the disciples and the five loaves? How they wanted to send the crowds home? Perhaps they were hungry and thought if they shared, they wouldn’t eat. However, by doing as God calls and being a blessing to others, they found that there was plenty of food for all. Why? Because God provided the meal. Indeed, the disciples alone could not have fed so many – in fact, they likely would not have even been able to sufficiently feed even their own group with such a small amount.
However, with God’s intervention, there was plenty. This can happen to you, as well. When you allow God to meet your needs, it will be patently clear that He can do it much better than we. As they say, Let Go and Let God. This is the most effective way to get through. So, while independence may be considered a positive trait, when we depend on God in place of other humans, independence becomes a draw back. Instead, put God first…be a God-Chick! Amen?