Over the last few years, I’ve sensed a heart-felt pull to
discover what it means to know God in such a way that it leads me to an ever
deepening desire to be like Christ… by that I mean to be like Christ in full
surrender and in freedom from the attachments to “be like God.” This be-like-God mentality has been Satan’s
pull into the worldly perspective since the fall, just as He had enticed Adam
and Eve through false logic and reason, to pull away from God and to go it on
To expand upon this theme, I’d like to start with a personal
story about my life that I believe pertains.
My husband and I are in the empty nest stage of family relationship. Out
of the emptiness with this loss of our children’s presence, we have added two
new additions to our family in the form of toy poodles. Clearly the addition of these sweet ones is a
way of adding interest in our home and to fill a love spot for us until the
As we’ve been learning all the ins and outs of current
trends in training our dogs, we’ve studied about their pack mentality. Successful training from this viewpoint
requires us, as owners, to become the “leaders of the pack,” or if you will,
the Alpha dogs within our home. In
watching videos and reading current literature on this subject, I’ve begun to
realize that there is a very deep draw within myself, which is very different
from all the pulls over the years where I’ve desired to “do things on my own,”
to follow my own visions and plans or to pursue my own ideas of what I believe
my life should look like. Rather, this
draw is to truly live out life under the “Leader of our pack;” our Alpha Jesus
Christ, under the authority of God the Father through the Holy Spirit.
The desire to do things on my own or for the sake of “my own
kingdom” is, I believe, the “tragedy” that is referred to by Oswald Chambers in
his book, The Place of Help. Chambers states that, “not until we realize
that there is something tragic at the basis of human life shall we recognize
the love of God,” or I believe truly KNOW Him.
As I’ve looked at the “tragedy” of life for myself, my clients and the
world at large, perhaps it isn’t so bad after all to follow a Leader that sets
a vision for the good of all, has plans in place, disciplines and guides us in our
roles, and walks with us on our journey of representing Him. It is not the vision that I or those whom I
serve might design; yet we have to remember that, like Christ, we do each have
a God-given role.
Though the priorities and plans He establishes as our Leader
often differ from those that we envision, we do walk in good stead as we
“imitate Christ” in surrender and abandonment to the One True God. He formed
each one of us individually from the beginning.
He has the perfect fulfillment of all that we could ask or imagine
according to His plans and work within us.
He knows our deepest hungers, thirsts and needs (and He knows little
furry creatures will not fill them)!
Lord, help us to turn away from our drives to act in your
stead, to satisfy ourselves and our visions, and to essentially replace You as
the Alpha and the leader of the pack.
Let us turn towards being image bearers of Yourself through being like
your Son in full surrender to You and Your Glory!
Valerie Murphy, LCPC,
Foundation Counseling and Training