Truth Tuesday – What Are You Chasing?

by Kathy

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Esther 5 and 6.

We continue this week where we left off last week in chapter 5.  Picture for me just a moment this scene as it unfolds in scripture:

“Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits.  But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.  Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.  Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials.  And that’s not all, Haman added.  ‘I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave.  And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow.  But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”  Esther 5:9-13

Haman craved significance above all things.  Just look at how many times he uses the word honor in these verses:

“Now Haman thought to himself, who is there that the king would rather honor than me?  So he answered the king, for the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head.  Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes.   Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him,  this is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”  Esther 6:6-9

We are sometimes just like Haman.  Clinging desperately to something, chasing it, and thinking it will bring us significance outside of our identity in Christ Jesus.  What do you cling to that makes you feel that you will be find significance, happiness and contentment?

  • Is it success, money and power with a job?
  • Is it money?
  • Is it showing that you everything “put-together” and under control?
  • Is it your appearance or weight?
  • Is it to be well liked by friends?
  • Is it to have a spouse or children?
  • Is it to have a certain kind of house?
  • Is it to drive a certain kind of car?
  • Or…you feel in the blank – It’s _______________

Haman’s value was grounded in the what the world valued rather than what God valued.  God wants us to find our value and self-worth not in what we do, what we look like, or what we have, but rather in whose we are.  Our value is found in our identity in Christ and in HIM ALONE!

I recently read something that Micca Campbell (Proverbs 31 ministry speaker) wrote.  I think it is something that will serve as a great reminder to each of us this week of what are identity in Christ means.

Ten Things That God Says About You

1.  You Are Loved.  (John 3:16)  God so loves you, He withheld nothing – giving His only son to die in your place.

2.  You Are Chosen. (1 Peter 2:9)  Before God created the heavens and earth, He chose you to be His very own.

3.  You Are Wonderfully and Fearfully Made. (Psalm 139:14)  God designed you in your mother’s womb.  He planned your hair  color, eye color and skin color to fulfill a specific purpose that is yours alone.

4.  You Are Beautiful in His Sight.  (Solomon 4:7; Genesis 1:31)  You were created in God’s image and He declares all His work wonderful.  Including you!

5.  You Are Forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7)  God doesn’t draw back from your sin.  He draws near and forgives all.

6.  You Have a Future. (Jeremiah 29:11)  When you think you’re at the end of your rope, you’re not at the end of hope.  God has promised you a bright future.

7.  You Are a Part of a Royal Priesthood.  (1 Peter 2:9)  You  have purpose.  God calls you to minister to others as He has ministered to you.

8.  You Are an Overcomer.  (1 John 4:4)  Hang-ups, habits and hurts cannot keep you down because greater is the Spirit in you than the spirit of the world.

9.  You Are Empowered. (2 Corinthians 13:4)  The same power that raised Christ lives in you daily.

10. You Belong to God.  (John 1:12)  You are a child of God because you have believed in Christ.

 

Augustine said this – “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in Thee.”

 

Have a Grace Full week laying down all the things you chase for significance (and the burdens it creates!) and find rest and satisfaction in what Christ says about you!

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – What Are You Chasing?”

  1. Deb says:

    So needed this today. Thank you, my friend.

    • Kathy says:

      I think this is something that we can remind ourselves of often. We are bombarded with opportunities and enticements to chase after so many things! Only One matters. Thanks for sharing today.

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