Let Jesus Be King

“What does it profit a man if he gains the world, but forfeits his soul?”-Matthew 16:26

Usually before I begin a Bible journaling page, I Google the verse to gather ideas for how to illustrate it.  There are some VERY interesting illustrations of this particular verse.  I usually do my best to just share my own original work on my blog, but this picture gave me so much food for thought (it’s a poster from the Bible Baptist Bookstore.):


 I think this is such an interesting interpretation.  What strikes me is that I don’t desire anything in this picture:  airplanes, cars, bags of money, trophies, etc.   But then just the other day I shared my own list of personal obsessions.  So I asked myself:  “What if I made a vision board of all the ‘worldly’ concerns that I have personally?” Afterwards, I made a quick digital collage of pictures from the web and just looked at it for awhile.

As I stared at various pictures of life as Pinterest perfection, I heard a whisper:  “What shall it profit a woman, if she can do it all and do it all perfectly with a smile, but forfeits her soul?”  This made me pause.  It’s not so much that I aspire to be tidy or responsible or fit that’s the problem, the real trouble is why:  I just can’t help myself from caring about what others think of me.   I don’t want to be the mom that forgets to sign the permission slip; or have my husband think I’m irresponsible because I forgot to lock the door; or visit the doctor and hear I need to lose weight ; or have neighbors walk in my house and think a crazy person must live here; or to sound stupid when I should know about something; or have someone important not be able to reach me.  And the weirdest thing of all:  more often than not, it’s not the people who matter most to me (my husband, children, dear friends) whose opinion I worry about.  The sin is pride, right?  (I took a class on the Enneagram and learned that I am a 2 or a helper, and that pride is the cardinal sin that gets us in trouble.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise to me, but it’s never easy to look hard at oneself!)

Lessons from the reflection:

  • Focus more on being rather than appearing
  • Care less about what random people think and more about God’s view and also the opinion of those who love you no matter what.
  • Do not attempt to be all things to all people; be yourself for God
  • Let Jesus be the king of your life; Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.

Here’s a quote I came upon while searching for images on this verse that really spoke to me (on Pinterest, of course!):

Our greatest fear should not be fear of failure, but of succeeding at things that don’t really matter.-Francis Chan

And here’s what found it’s way into my margins.  I almost never paraphrase Bible verses because I really like to memorize them correctly, but I made an exception this time.  I also used a little glitter and glue, something new….


One thought on “Let Jesus Be King

  1. Another good post! Reminds me of the Marianne Williamson quote that nelson Mandela borrowed about we are more afraid to let our inner light shine and when we do it gives others permission to let theirs shine too. Paraphrase of course.

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