This last week, one of our guys at work got his wheels and tires stolen off of his truck right in front of his house. I loved his 10-year-old granddaughter’s reaction when she saw it:
“Grandpa, you got jacked!!”
There are few feelings as helpless as walking out into your driveway and knowing you’ve been robbed. He doesn’t live in a bad neighborhood, he has security measures at his house, but it still happened. Both my father- and mother-in-law were broken into in our driveway in Wichita. It seems that no matter how safe your neighborhood, how many safety measures you take, nothing is safe from getting jacked. Nothing we have is truly secure.
But we live in a word trying to protect things. We have insurance, security systems, and laws that make us stay safe when we drive. Even the NFL has been cracking down to make players safer. There are entire industries built on the idea that nothing in life is truly secure.
(Side note: I think I am finally ready to admit I have a man crush on Greg Boyd, rivaling the one I have on Rob Bell. So I am about to talk about him again.) I was listening to a talk from him on Colossians 3:1-3. Check it out:
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
In a world where nothing is safe, we have our real life, our identity, hidden in God.
Who we really are is the only thing that is truly secure.
We are loved. We are holy. We good enough. We have what it takes. We are beautiful. We are forgiven. We are strong. We are like Jesus.
Those realities about us are the only thing that are truly secure in the world.
Now, we may not always feel like those things are true. And we definitely don’t always act like they are true. But I think it is because we don’t think that our identity is truly secure. We think our current stress, suffering, sin, or screw up is going to change those things. Nothing else in our world is secure, so surely these things have the potential to tarnish who I truly am.
But God thinks otherwise.
Paul says to set our minds on things above. This is not hoping for heaven when we die. It is reminding ourselves constantly of the where our real life comes from. It is the constant process of grounding ourselves in who we truly are. When we do that, those other things no longer have power over us. They can still be difficult, but they don’t have the last word.
So today, spend some time reminding yourself who you truly are. And remind yourself that it is God who is keeping that secure.
You can’t get jacked.