Yahoo News ran an article today about companies that have updated their logos this year. Companies want facelifts. They desire to remain in the spotlight so consumers will notice them, and updating a logo seems like just the ticket to revamp business and get people interested again. Sounds eerily similar to our personal approach to success sometimes, eh?
One problem overlooked with facelifts is that the original is oftentimes better. New logos (or physical facelifts) may be more aesthetically pleasing, but people don’t resonate with them. All the loyalty, trust, and recognition gained by years of operating under the old begins fading with the new.
People (by nature) value originals more than replicas or modern versions. Yet, we spend majority of our time fighting the trend war, and much to our chagrin, get overlooked in the process.
How can God be found in this mess of marketing, upgrading, and superficiality? Simply by being Himself. God has never, does not, and will never need a facelift. He is who He is and stands far beyond our wildest dreams in glory, majesty and wonder.
Angels sing before Him constantly as He sits on His throne in heaven. Demons tremble at His name and shake in fear about their future damnation. The earth quivers at His presence, and man cannot see His face and live.
Then why do we feel the need to “spruce Him up” in church? Why give His Word a (botched) facelift—watering it down to the point of blandness to fit our slang and make us comfortable?
Because in our hearts we don’t believe He’s good enough. We honestly don’t trust Him, and inwardly believe that we can handle things better on our own.
God doesn’t need our suggestions, recommendations, help or advice. His holiness certainly doesn’t need a worldly facelift—stripping Him of His glory in the eyes of the world. We need Him as He is and we must start taking Him at His Word.
He’s the only original in existence, friends. Explore, embrace and trust Him through His Word, whose face cannot be lifted.