Here’s the bottom line: The Christian life, the church, our faith are not about us, they’re about Him – His plan, His Kingdom, His glory.
It is really the struggle of all struggles. It is counterintuitive for us all. It’s the things that make our lives messy and our relationships conflictual. It’s what sidetracks our thoughts and kidnaps our desires. It is the thing below all the other things that you could point to the argues our need for Greece. It is the one battle that you never escape. It is one place working out of 10 times we need rescued. It is a fight that God wages on our behalf to help us to remember life is simply not about us. It’s about God.
This is precisely why the first four letters of the Bible may be the most important words: “In the beginning, God…” These are for thunderously important words. They really do change everything, and the way you think about your identity, meaning, and purpose to the way that you approach even the most incidental of human duties. Everything that was created Was made by God for God. All the glories of the created world were designed to point to His glory. The universe is His designed to function according to His purpose and plan. That includes you and me. We were not meant to exist according to our own little self oriented plan, living for our own moments of glory. No we were created to live for Him..
So, where in the Godward living are we meant to find expression? It is meant to be expressed not just on our religious dimension of our lives, but in every aspects of our existence. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, when Paul thinks of the life we are called to live for the Glory of God, he doesn’t first think of the big, life-changing, subconsciously spiritual moments of life. No, he thinks of something at mundane and repetitive is eating and drinking. Even the most regular, seemingly important tasks of our lives must be shaped and directed by a heartfelt desire for the glory of God. No I don’t No about you, but in the busyness of life I lose sight of God’s existence, let alone His glory.
Maybe we should start right now admitting that there is nothing less natural for us and to live for the glory of another. This admission is the doorway not to despair, but to hope. God knew that in our sin we would never live this way, so He sent His Son to live a life we couldn’t, To die on our behalf, and to rise again, conquering sin and death. He did this so that we would not only be forgiven for our allegiance to our own glory, but have every grace we need to live for His. When we admit our need for help, we connect ourselves to the rescue that He has already provided in His Son, Jesus.