What does “it” mean? That depends. Upon what? What I think about “me”. Is “it” all about “me”, or is “it” all about the Creator of “it”? What do I want “it” to mean? Strangely enough, truth actually is a choice. We can create our own facts, and we do.
What does “me”, “myself”, and “I” do? Each of us — each “me”, “myself”, and “I” — looks out from the window of our soul. We — each “me”, “myself”, and “I” — each decide what to believe about “it”. Some of us choose to worship idols. Some of us choose to worship the Creator.
What are idols? An idol is a denial that there exists a creator. To escape an infinitely powerful, holy God, we — each “me”, “myself”, and “I” — create idols. With idols we recreate the world; we pretend “it” — the world — is about us. Stuff — big homes, fancy cars, electronic toys, whatever we can buy — exists only to display the glory that is “me”. Sex — drugs, movies, alcohol, parties, people — exists for the pleasure of “me”. The almighty state — that vast bureaucracy that promises everything — exists only to satisfy “me”. I exist — “me’ — because “it” is all about “me”.
Who is the Creator? If He created “it”, where is He? Why do “me”, “myself”, and “I” not know Him? Where can such an immense Being hide? Why would He hide? Why is there nothing “me”, “myself”, and “I” can point to and say: that is God?
Must “me”, “myself”, and “I” resort to logic? Does the cold reality of logic dictate that “it” must be all about the Creator of “it”? Yes, but is it true that even the most egotistical must observe that “me”, “myself”, and “I” exist only because the Creator willed “it” to be so? Is it true that even the most egotistical must observe that “me”, “myself”, and “I” did not create “it”? Is it obvious to everyone that “it” existed before “me”, “myself”, and “I”; and “me”, “myself”, and “I” has no power to affect whether “it” will continue to exist or cease to be? No. The Pride of “me”, “myself”, and “I” speaks damnably loud. Even though “me”, “myself”, and “I” can only affect a pitifully small part of what God has made, “I” still wants “it” to be about “me”.
Is there another alternative? Are there only idols? Is there only the empty of logic of “me”? Has God has revealed Himself so that “me”, “myself”, and “I” can bear the burden of His existence?
- “It” — Creation — reveals the glory of God and shows us His character.
- Our hearts have a hole — an emptiness — that only He can fill. We know what happens when we try to fill ourselves with idols. We remain so empty…..
- The Holy Bible tells the story of our redemption, of what God through His Son Jesus has done to redeem us from our own sinfulness. The Bible reveals just how much the Creator of “it” loves us.
Is there another alternative? Yes. God has told us He loves us. We can love Him. We can glorify God. Instead of making “it” all about “me”, we can make “it” all about Him.
1 John 4:7-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is [a]born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested [b]in us, that God has sent His [c]only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [d]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear [e]involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.