- Romans 1: 21
- Romans 12: 4-6
- Galatians 4: 6-7
Do you ever wonder what living for God really looks like? I know I have…a lot. I know, I know, it’s being “in the world but not of it” or “glorifying God in everything you do”, right? Those answers still weren’t super clear to me for a long time and I still felt lost, but then I realized it was because even though I knew God I didn’t treat him as the Lord of my life. I thought that what I wanted for myself would make me happier, but He has more for me.
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21
( This is the NIV version, please read The Message version, its bae.)
Sometimes I was too busy justifying and worrying about the unsure strides I took on boundary lines that I forgot God’s glorification was my purpose. Gah, wake up Autumn! Do you ever frustrate yourself? I know I do. Anyway, God has more for you than a lifestyle of anxiety over unfaithful decisions. God is more than a crash pad, or someone to run to when tragedy strikes. He is more than the author of an inspirational Bible verse on the back of one of your t-shirts. We can feel lost when we know God but don’t treat him as our Lord and more like our safety net when we step a little too over the boundary line. Side note: You’re worth more than what you give yourself. There’s this guy named Jesus who died because he believed that.
So, I keep saying God has more and not telling you what it is. When we do what we want, we bring death to ourselves. Our Father values us enough to give us life instead. Actually, eternal life. Once we accept that gift, I believe that God changes two big things: our purpose, and our perspective.
All of the sudden, we go from living aimless, winding lives to being part of something big. Something meaningful. We literally have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to change the world. We are called to live differently, which basically just means get over ourselves. We are called to serve and show the love of Christ in everything. We are called to be thankful and worshipful in everything we do.
Once we know our purpose, our perspective dramatically shifts. We quickly forget about boundary lines and guilt. Suddenly tragedies don’t cut as deep and feeding our flesh seems foolish. The difficulties of life can be pushed through because they’re no longer pointless and you have your Creator walking with you. DISCLAIMER: Sometimes we lose sight of these things and that’s why God puts his word and his people in your life to point you back.
You should know that the same God who created the world is infinitely in love and invested in you. He created you because He valued you enough to want you to be part of His purpose. So, what I really want to do by saying all of this is encourage you to persevere through all our selfish desires and the trials that come with them, because there is a sovereign God who runs the universe and orchestrates your tomorrows with a delicate and precise touch and wants you to play your part in His plan.
1. What is your purpose?
2. Where is your perspective?
3. What can you do to align both of these things with what the Father wants for you?
4. Text one person this week that you are not “close” to. Tell them what you love about them.
5. Read all of these Scriptures, write them down, read them in different versions. Then base your prayers off of them and even write that down!