Often times we forget. We forget who we are, what we’re here for, and that it is not about us. Isn’t it so easy to get caught up in life? To get so wrapped up in ourselves, our family, our job, etc… Not to be cliche, but we get so caught up in life that we forget to live. I mean, as believers, aren’t we supposed to have life abundantly? Life should not be boring… it should not just be ‘normal’. Jesus did not live a normal life. We should not settle for less than what we are made for. We were made to reflect God’s glory, God’s glory is not boring, His glory is not what we would call normal. Why should we settle for boring or normal? Not only settle for, but how much do we beg to be normal. Well, why should we want to be normal, or settle for living the ‘American Dream’. There is so much more to life that we forget, we forget to live… to truly live. We are made to commune with God, and we are made to change the world.
So, Please. Please don’t forget what you are called to. Don’t get swept up in this life. Stay swept up in God’s Presence. Keep that eternal perspective. The Word tells us that we are seated in Heavenly places, that we are hidden in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-10 & Colossians 3:1-4). Remember we are called to more, to live for more. Jesus himself said He did not come for his own glory! (John 8:50) He came to save us, yes… but ultimately He came because it was His Fathers will. He came to glorify the Father.
As Christ followers we should be striving to become more like Christ all the time. He left us with His footsteps to follow, directions on how to navigate this life here on earth. Our goal, just as Jesus, is to glorify the Father. The Word says that we should do all things as unto the Lord (Ephesians 6:5-7, Colossians 3:17, Colossians 3:23-24). This means knowing how much we truly rely on the Lord, it means giving thanks to Him in all things, and it means being selfless. It is so important to continually empty ourselves of ourselves! This is becoming selfless. We have to let Him have room to come in and be glorified instead of giving into our flesh and our own desires. This means denying ourselves and taking up our cross, just as Jesus Christ did.
So, what does that look like in daily life?! It’s obviously a whole lot easier said than done! I believe this means that we should be reevaluating the way we attempt to live life. First of all it means studying, knowing, and understanding the life of Christ. How are we to be Christ followers if we don’t have an intimate relationship with Christ?! I mean, to be a Christ Follower who doesn’t read and study the Word is kind of crazy… How do we even know what we’re following..? Secondly it means denying your flesh. Another good reason to read and study God’s Word.. so we know what to deny the flesh. We are striving to glorify God, to advance His Kingdom.. So, when you have to wait in a long line at the DMV for hours and you get so impatient that when you finally get to the counter you’re so irritated and ready to be done you are a bear to the worker there, are you advancing God’s Kingdom? Are you edifying and bringing life into the situation? This is what I mean when I say deny the flesh. Keep yourself in check, use some self control. If you are constantly reminding yourself that you’re living for God, that this life actually isn’t about you, it’s a little easier to do that. So, instead of letting your frustration out on this poor worker (who by the way is probably just as irritated as you are) you can use self control and maybe make this person smile. Just being patient and kind can mean the world to someone. That is advancing His Kingdom, that is living as Christ did.
You don’t have to make these big gestures, like moving half way around the world, leaving all your earthly possessions, and living in the dirt with the poorest of the poor…. just be kind. REMEMBER, the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONG-SUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF CONTROL. There is a great way to remind yourself of the will of God, to keep yourself in check. Memorize the fruit of the Spirit and test your life against them. (Galatians 5:22-26)
I’d like for us to walk this out together. There is security and trust in unity. Find someone who can and will remind you that this life isn’t yours. That we are called to more than comfortability. We are called to be change in the world, to bring Heaven to earth.