I recently came across a reel online that displayed all the criticisms this certain person had been receiving via messenger…and as they popped up, she stood there and finally she said, “If you think I’m too much, find less. Find less.”
It was such a simple, yet powerful reel. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Mainly because I could relate.
For as long as I can remember, I have been criticized by others for being too much. “You are too emotional.” “You can’t worship like that in front of the church, it’s too much.” “People think you are too intense.” “Tone it down some, you’re too much.” And the list could go on…
The bottom line is, when I am my authentic self…full of the joy of the Lord…then the world absolutely finds me to be too much. But should I care?
I imagine that while Jesus was ministering on the earth, many thought He was too much. Flipping over tables, dining with tax collectors and prostitutes, healing on the Sabbath, telling groups of men to cast the first stone if they’ve never sinned.
You know who really thinks we’re too much? The enemy.
There is no lack of lackluster church. On any given Sunday you could walk into any number of churches and go through the entire service without truly being moved or showing much passion at all. It’s a sad state of affairs when church leadership is more concerned with being on time and butts in the seat, (which equal tithe checks) than meeting with Abba and allowing Holy Spirit to do what He’s meant to do. Holy Spirit moves in passion. Brings us to tears. Draws our hearts to both repentance and exuberant worship. The enemy doesn’t want the world to see authentic faith and worship…true love and passion. He hates all of that. Why? Because it naturally draws others in. God is very attractive. Authenticity is too.
If you ask me, we could all stand to be a little more, not less.
I have committed to myself and God, to never water my expression of love toward Him down again for anyone. Not a single person. If my love and passion for Him was too much, then why did He place it within me? And if I do need to reign some of it in, then He will show me.
The God of more than enough, placed more than enough within me. I’m going to choose to be okay with that.
After the men who were carrying the Ark of the Lord had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. So, David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns. 2 Samuel 6:13-15
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By His death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest Who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. Hebrews 10:19-22