The Greatest Showman

How much effort would you make to publicise something you love and are proud of? There’s something we call a showoff – when a person flaunts what they have or can do to impress people. Don’t deny it, remember when you just stepped out of the salon with a new look? How you watched every passer-by watch you and it seemed like their eyes did more than linger on you? How that friendly small voice in your head whispered to you, “you are so fine!” you smiled, didn’t you? Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with being good looking, that’s not what this is about. The point is, when you are proud of something you have, you will want everyone else to know about it. Let’s not talk about our matchmaker friends – if you have any.

God is much jealous of his creation. I’m sure anyone who can see would appreciate the beauty of the constellations, the animals, the seas and oceans, but it is not over these things we see God jealous over, it is with humankind he is greatly besotted. Let’s talk about a few people and God.

Job (Job 1:6-11, NLT)

“One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them.

‘Where have you come from?’ the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, ‘I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.’

Then the LORD asked Satan, ‘Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless – a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.’”

Did you see that? God was calling everyones attention on Job!

David (Acts 13:22, NLT)

“But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’”

That’s not short of boasting, God was bragging about the love affair between Him and David.

Jesus Christ

Matthew 3:17, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”

Matthew 17:5, “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.’”

Yeah, a proud Father indeed! Just the way anyone of us would shout among the large crowd of spectators in a stadium if our child was playing amazingly. Someone might even go as far as showing childhood pictures.

So yes, God is a showoff, in his own way. God is not a show off the same way an artist shows off his work proudly, at least I know of no artist who chose to die than for his work to be destroyed. Guess what, God did. What does that tell us? It tells us that we are not mere objects of pleasure to God like some people make God seem. If we are worth the life of God, then we are indeed no ordinary art piece. God did not create us to live miserably trying to figure out life while he sits quietly to watch the way we watch Netflix, that’s not the God who created the world and died, enduring shame and ridicule, abandoning his glory and making himself vulnerable to the point of death in a bid to sustain it eternally. There has to be something more to it if you ever hear of someone dying trying to protect something he made in a few hours, with God, there is.

How did God make mankind? Man’s body was made from clay but man was not living until God did something more. I’m sure if God had left his creation the way it was, it would have been a great piece of work. But God put a part of himself into man, it wasn’t just effort and time but his essence – whatever made God himself. God made man to share his nature.

And why did God make mankind? A lot of people believe that God made man to worship him, but that’s not true. Why? Because heaven is full of spiritual and eternal beings who already worship him endlessly and freely. What special words are we supposed to say to God that he hasn’t heard or doesn’t know? What sound of music are we supposed to entertain him with that he does not know? The purpose of man is far greater than being in the mass choir of heaven. A very popular scripture, although mostly misunderstood, explains hints at this mystery.

Revelation 4:11 KJV, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

We were created for his pleasure! I used to think this meant we were created to make God happy, so if we refused to make him happy then he’d throw us into hell. Some people still believe that’s what this scripture says, but it’s not. If it did what would that make us to God? Toys? Then what would God be to us? A slave master or toy owner who is bored out of his mind? I hope you see how ridiculous it is to believe that God has made us mere ‘things’ of pleasure. Besides, who would die protecting their plaything? What this tells us is that we exist because he decided that we should – he willed it so, and so we were. Seeing this in another translation proves it. NASB says, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honour and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

Again, we see in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 KJV, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.” He thought it good in himself that you should be created, it gave him great joy to create you. The creation story tells us that everything God created, he found good – pleasing and enjoyable!

Worship? No, our purpose is far greater than that. God created us for his pleasure – it caused him great joy to create you and me, and we count ourselves honoured by such grandeur that God should rejoice in us – worship is what happens when we understand this. It is not demanded but given at the realization of how much it is a privilege and grace.

God created us because he was in love with us. The Almighty Creator ‘fell’ in love with us – and so it pleased him greatly not to have just servants but friends and lovers. Someone with whom he can share his heart, someone who can learn his heart! It is said that his ways are indeed unsearchable and his thoughts far higher than the heavens, but guess what, he gave us the essence of himself that we may know him as he is. And so he boldly says, “For thy maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.” Isaiah 54:5, KJV. Your maker, your husband and your redeemer – he has laid claim on you and he won’t revoke it until he wins your heart.

Let me tell you something important, God made you so he can show you to the world and himself! First of all, it’s crazy that God should fall in love in such a way that although mankind was created lower than angels, yet he chose us to share his nature – and then when the Accuser came to cause a separation that led to death instead of eternal life with him, he redeemed us and exalted us in Christ, into the Godhead far above all principalities and powers. What a great way to show off his exceeding love!

As your redeemer, he is responsible for presenting you as faultless. In comparison to his Holiness, we might feel filthy and unworthy, but he is the Lord who redeems us to present us guiltless with exceeding joy.

The workings of God

The workings and ways of God to those who have come into a real relationship with him is towards showing you off as his perfect half. Instead of cutting you off, he prunes you, shaping you perfectly into his nature by the trials you endure here on earth. James writes to us, “…when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4, NLT).

Be confident in knowing that God loves you, your troubles are not a result of his judgement on you for your shortcomings but his pruning for your perfection. If you are in any form of trouble, know that he will never leave nor forsake you, and like the apostles, know this, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, KJV).

And if you feel imperfect and think that the apostles (and Christ) are way on a different level and you have no way of getting there, remember that he is your husband and he is responsible for your perfection as you endure his pruning. He is the greatest showman – and he will not let a tiny dot of imperfection remain in you, let this bring you peace and joy. He is not a stern judge but a jealous lover, see what he says about his church (you and I). “…that he may sanctify it and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he may present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:26-27, KJV).

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are before all time, and are in present, and beyond all time! Amen.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Favourairhihenbuwa says:

    Beautiful

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  2. Iam_Pahpi says:

    Insightful… It changed my perspective of how God sees us and our true purpose to Him…

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