Everywhere you look, you’ll find someone trying to be famous. Social media seems to have created an insatiable appetite in us for being known. The trouble is that many of us
Have you ever rolled out of bed on Monday morning as you begin a new work week and thought to yourself, "Why do I work so hard at my job again? Are my 9-5 hours making any difference in this world? Does God even care about the work I'm doing?" This Monday is Labor Day so what a great time to talk about the important topic of our work and why it matters not just to us and those who benefit from our work, but also why our work matters to God.
So many people spend so much time trying to figure out what God wants them to do with their lives. Who should they marry? What job should they have? Where should they live? It’s difficult to figure out because God’s not always as blatant about that sort of direction as we’d like Him to be. Unless, that is, we’re asking the wrong question and focusing on the wrong parts of what makes Him, Him, and us, us. What if, what God wants us our lives to be defined by is less about “what” and more about “who?”
A while back there were two popular sayings on t-shirts and bumperstickers: 1) Jesus is my co- pilot, and 2) Jesus is my homeboy. They were everywhere. Depending on who you talked to, those were enlightened statements, or expressions of a very limited understanding of who Jesus is. Which is right? Is Jesus a friend? Yes. Is Jesus the king? Yes. Have we even begun to understand the fullness of who he is? Not. Even. Close.
Vision. It’s something that gets talked about all the time; in churches, in businesses, even in families. We love to talk about our desired future and what we’re chasing after. We think about it often because it excites us and helps us get out of bed in the morning. It’s why someone came up with the idea of the “American Dream.” We work and save and plan and scheme to realize our vision. Have we ever paused long enough though, to consider whether or not our vision is the right vision? Is the thing we’re chasing worth chasing?
This life isn't about what you think it's about. It's easy for people––especially Christians––to slip into thinking that Jesus is lucky to have us. We're so talented and generous that we believe He probably couldn't do all He does without us on the team. We forget that we aren't the point; Jesus is. He made us and saved us and somehow we allow ourselves to think there's something about this life that's meant to celebrate us. But when we rightly understand the enormity of God's power and love, we realize we're nothing more than showcases of His glory.