Life Lessons: Larger Than Life

9:16 am | November 28, 2012

Whatever and whoever we choose to focus on seems to become larger than life. I remember some of my first encounters with media darlings.

One of them was a world famous athlete. When he appeared on television, he came across as fearless and imposing. Yet when I saw him in real life and not in his element of fame, or through the eye of a camera, he came across as whiny and insecure! Same person, different perspective.

Another example was a top ten musical group. Seeing them in concert or in a music video was nothing short of impressive. But talking with them in person helped me to see they were quite normal people with typical hang-ups. Same people, different perspective.

One of our trips to the moon, Apollo 13, was initially deemed unwor-thy of significant media coverage. The powers that be had decided that people and subjects of more common varieties were deemed more newsworthy than a manned trip to the moon! It wasn’t until a safe return from space was jeopardized that significant news coverage finally kicked in.

I think about all those days when our world doesn’t seem to produce enough significant and newsworthy happenings. On those boring days, in order to fill their time slots, the news media must scramble to find and transform something otherwise insignificant, and suddenly make it newsworthy. Think of the many strange and mundane subjects that have been suddenly catapulted into larger than life status!

But a far greater tragedy may have come upon us. The only One who is truly larger than life has been deemed unworthy of our serious consideration—namely, our Maker. The One to whom we owe our life and everything else, the One to whom we must one day give an account; this One is either mocked, marginalized or ignored by many of us!

While this catastrophe in no way diminishes the greatness of our God, it may unwittingly contribute to our too small perception of Him. With so much emphasis on issues that have so little eternal significance, the only Person who perfectly fits the bill as being larger than life is essentially demoted every time someone lesser is promoted. The One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, is treated as though He is smaller than life.

Daily Biblical worship is required to correct this travesty. When we worship God we put Him in His rightful place and we put ourselves and our idols in their rightful place. When we worship in spirit and in truth, we relegate everyone and everything else to its rightful place as being created, and we lift our Creator as the only One truly larger than life.

I’m reminded of a story about a fly who rode across a wooden bridge on the back of a great elephant. After the crossing, the fly buzzed into the elephant’s ear and boasted, “We sure did shake that bridge, didn’t we?” Let’s not make that same mistake!

Bruce Hendrich is pastor at Oak Street Baptist Church 804 Oak Street • Elizabethon, TN 37643 • 423.542.4022 • oakstreetbaptist.net 

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