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Upgrade U

by Paul Selden

As Hannah mused on the teachings of Queen Bey on Wednesday, we learned how Jesus is always there to support us and guide us through troubling times. I am going to look on the other side of this tune by Miss Knowles. In our life we often like to take pride in our status, such as having nice clothes, good health, or even a rocking GPA. While in many situations we may have worked long and had to attain these different things, ultimately we can get very distracted with these different things. Beyonce says this to us
“Just when you think we had it all
Big ends, condos, collecting cars
Picture your life elevating with me”
Although in the context of the song this might have a little bit of a different meaning, I would like to consider this as something Jesus might say to us. We can spend our time chasing status, wealth, beauty, and different achievements, but without our focus on Jesus above all these things it can be fruitless and very temporary. “Picture your life elevating with me”: a relationship with Christ is the most rewarding and powerful of all things, and elevating with him to the Kingdom of heaven is incomprehensibly better than all things that could possibly attained on earth.

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Ultimately, realizing that our accomplishments are through the providence of God humbles us. In order to appreciate these things we should strive to give back: if it is money we have then give freely to help others, if it is intelligence we have then teach others and help them grow more wise, if it is physical ability we have then serve God through work. These gifts have been freely given to us by the gifts of God, so let us use love to help pass the fruits of these gifts onwards to others so that we may “elevate” with the Lord.