We all want to be marveled at, don’t we? Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to chase after adoration from strangers and friends alike. We put ourselves out there on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and every social media outlet you can think of—including blogs! Our goal is to be marveled at—for people to think we are special.
I’m guilty of this, and it’s a battle I fight daily.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines “marvel” as “one that evokes surprise, admiration, or wonder.” That doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. We want to be admired and “liked.” Isn’t that one of the main drivers getting us to these social media sites so often?
But what if we had a different mindset? What if everything we did, we did with the goal of being marveled at by Jesus?
Think of the centurion who inspired Jesus to say these words:
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith” (Luke 7:9).
Jesus was really impressed by the Centurions faith; so much so that He wanted to tell others. Jesus even added emphasis, using the equivalent of “I’m telling you!” Jesus marveled at the centurion’s faith.
I want so badly for Jesus to be impressed with my faith and with all of my actions. But I fall short. I still care more about what others think than what Jesus thinks.
This is changing! I’m headed in the right direction, but it’s a fight every day.
How about you? How are you doing when it comes to being marveled at by Jesus and others?