It’s amazing the things you find when you move. A few weeks back Jenn was unpacking boxes when she came across a box full of my high school memorabilia. There was my cap and gown, my year books, that book everyone signs and tells you that they will be friends forever and even my letter jacket. So being the vain person that I am I picked up my jacket and strolled around in it. I don’t want you to miss this. I Wes Faulk was a BIG deal in high school. I was a multiple all-region singer, a state solo and ensemble participant, a 4 year varsity choir member, a member of the German club and even a member of the prestigious who’s who. Adding to my accomplishments… I was the vice president of the choir, the president of student venture and most importantly, I Wes Faulk, was also the wardrobe officer for my choir. Yes, I was a BIG deal.
Are you done laughing at my nerdiness?
Just imagine with me for a moment if I decided to start wearing my letter jacket on a regular basis. I hope that you would pity my poor prideful sole. As a grown up, these high school accomplishments, though big in their time, are quite meaningless today as my life is not defined my high school glory.
How often in life do we attempt to build ourselves off of things that are meaningless? How often do we attempt to define ourselves by things that would never measure up?
Deep down I think we all wear letter jackets of some sort. We all attempt to display to the world why we believe we are important. For some they try to show others how they are morally superior. For some they try to show how much richer, more important, smarter or savvy they are. Ultimately we all attempt to wear these “letter jackets” to show how we are somehow more valuable than other people.
I believe the problem with this way of living is that we are measuring ourselves against the wrong standard. Our value/morality/ knowledge/ goodness is not found in measuring ourselves against other men, but instead by measuring ourselves up to Christ. In this we woefully fail. It does not matter what we do, we cannot and will never measure up to the standard of Jesus Christ. Realizing our ultimate failure to measure up to the standard of Christ we come to understand that our value is not in what we do, but must be in something else.
God has worked in Christ to give men grace. Grace is not earned, it cannot be achieved. It is simply the gift of a benevolent God to man whom he loves.
As God has worked, we now stand not in our pride or our accomplishments but instead in God’s accomplishment in Christ. To this we can only have one response, to gladly take off the letter jacket realizing that we do not have anything to brag about, only a God to worship.