It’s Not Me, It’s You
It always funny to see from whence inspiration comes. I recently watched a crappy old horror movie from the ‘80s called Fall Break. While there certainly were no Christian messages within the film, I was inspired by the hackneyed old phrase, “It’s not you, it’s me.” If you have been alive for any significant amount of time, you will be familiar with this oft quoted phrase. It is often the excuse used by lame protagonists who have no real sense of direction or agency. We can take this phrase, however, and do as Jesus did and turn it on its head.
Jesus was radical in more ways than one. One of the things he did was turn the previous establishment upside down. Make sacrifices for sin? He is the sacrifice for sin. Shun prostitutes and tax collectors? He ate with them. Similarly, in our quest to become more like Jesus, we need to rid the mindset of embracing what is established and turn it into something new, fresh, and ready to praise God. When I heard, “It’s not you, it’s me,” I immediately thought of it flipped around: it’s not me, it’s you.
Several weeks back I wrote about attribution of all things good to God. In it, I urged us to always attribute the good in our lives to God. Not only does it help to cultivate humbleness by removing praise from ourselves for the things we perceive to have accomplished, but it also fosters a sense of dependency upon the Lord by helping us to realize that He does all and we do nothing. If we can establish a mindset of “it’s not me, it’s you,” then we can start to understand how we can truly achieve the task of attributing the good things to God and denying ourselves praise.
That is not to say, however, that we should demean ourselves. After all, Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; you works are wonderful, I know that full well.” We are God’s works. We are wonderful. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
What better way to honor God with our bodies than lifting praise to Him for the good things He has done for us? Once we are able to realize that all things are from God, we can truly say, “It’s not me, it’s you.”
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