After I wrote last week about needing to put my glasses in the same place every morning – and needing to keep the Word of God central in my heart – I decided to be very precise about changing my morning routine with my glasses. I walked into the bathroom and surveyed the space, and realized my first step in finding a secure place for my glasses would have to be organizing the countertop: I needed to clear the vanity.
I almost laughed out loud as I began to move the bottles of vitamins, tubes of lotion, and containers of eye shadow into neater rows. Of course, this was the next step – for my glasses and for my commitment to the Word of the Lord. To find space for my glasses, I needed to clear away the clutter from the countertop. To renew my commitment to the Word, I needed to clear vanity from my heart and mind.
Dedication to the Word is a crucial duty for all believers, but as we deepen our relationship with the Lord through studying Scripture, we must also be vigilant against the temptation of thinking that we know the Word better than others and, therefore, are better servants than others. The even more dangerous temptation is to believe that our words and actions deserve more attention simply because of our knowledge of His Word.
When we are truly dedicated to the Lord, we put His Word first. We put others first. We let the Word lead and we follow, content to walk in the shadow of the Son, not claiming to radiate His light ourselves. We know that all we do, say, and think is for His glory, not for our own.
Let us all examine where vanity can be cleared from our actions toward each other, our efforts for each other, and our words to each other. Let us clear space for the Word of the Lord, so we may follow it, humbly and gratefully.
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”
1 Peter 5:5-6