We see it everywhere. Be happy! Go relax! Make yourself comfortable. Take a break. Enjoy yourself. From vacations to tooth paste and from clothes to restaurant food. We're told, "Baby, it is all about YOU!" You are what matters. Make your life as easy as possible.
So, should I be living for me? Should we be living for ourselves? I'm surrounded in a culture that is telling me how to live to make myself happy. I've been wondering what kind of "happy" that is. I can't help but look around and see a world and culture that is trying to please themselves. That lifestyle has slowly seeped into the Church and Christian's lives as well. I've noticed a form of Christianity where the goal seems to get things out of church and God without having to give much. It is a "Christian version" of the world's agenda. What happened to the early Church's lifestyle? What happened to being willing to go into dangerous situations because someone might accept Jesus because of it. I don't mean doing foolish things, but I do mean not being afraid of serving the Lord in mission work. I hear so often that "it would be too far out of my comfort zone" or "it's just not for me." My friends in Ethiopia and Mexico are willing to live in those treacherous atmospheres just so that other may hear the Truth.
I'm wondering where are the Christians that care more if their waitress knows Jesus than whether their appetizers arrive well before the meal? Where are Christians who care if other's needs are met before their own? If we would remember that as God's children, it is not our jobs to make sure that we are satisfied and comfortable. We were not created by God so that He could make us happy every minute of the day. Max Lucado once put it, "We do not exist to have God make a big deal out of us, but we exist to make a big deal out of God." We are bond servants to God. We owe Him everything. He saved us and yet we often say, "Thanks, Lord. Now if I could just have....." See, God will give us joy, but the only true joy is found in serving Him. Yes, serving.
My point? As children of God, we are here on earth for His glory, not our own. Gives us all something to think about, doesn't it?
Here's a few verses... they're short... don't skip over them.
Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. Isaiah 43:7
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20
So, that has been what I've been thinking about lately. If you're reading this, you have survived another rambling of my mind (also called a blog post). Congratulations!