You would have to be living under a rock to have missed the news of David Bowie’s death a few weeks ago. In case you were under a rock, Bowie (also known as Ziggy Stardust), the equally eclectic and eccentric rock and roll star passed away after a battle with cancer.
Reading about Bowie’s career reminded me of the collaboration he did with the band Queen – Under Pressure. While the song was famous in it’s own right, it spiked again in the 90’s when Vanilla Ice sampled the famous bass line in his song, Ice Ice Baby.
But enough about rappers turned Amish house-flippers…back to weird, English rock stars.
Under Pressure is about the weight on people, and what that pressure causes in society:
Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure – that building burns down, splits a family in two
Puts people on the streets…
The song is right. Pressure on our lives can destroy them. The pressure comes from all over – job, love, finance, lack of self confidence, school – and it presses down, down, down. What do we do with this pressure?
If we listen to the song, we give love a chance. Sounds good in a song, but it doesn’t work out so cleanly in real life. What’s the answer? What do we do with the constant pressure in our lives?
In the book of James, we’re to consider it a gift. James calls it trials, tests or challenges, and he says pressure defines our faith. Pressure exposes our faith to the world. Best of all, pressure matures us.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. -James 1:2
Mature and Well-Developed
This week we want to GROW UP. We do that by jumping into community, listening to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and now welcoming the pressure of trials which come our way. It’s not fun, but it creates us into the people God wants us to be.
So next time you encounter a trial or face a challenge or come under pressure, hum that famous bass line – ding-ding-ding diddle ing-ding – smile and know you are becoming well-developed in the eyes of God. Your character is being formed. You are growing up.