What are we really about?

19 Mar

If you wanted to figure out what a person was living for without asking him directly, what kinds of questions would you ask?

Perhaps you’d start with time.

What do you do with your free time? What do you like to do when you have nothing else to do? If you were in complete control of your time, how would you use it?

Maybe after that, you’d move on to money.

How do you spend your money? What are you saving money for? How do you dream about using your money?

What about talk.

What do they talk about? What do they like to talk about? What kinds of conversations bring out the joy in them?

Or how about, what do they get upset about.

What makes them angriest the quickest? What makes their thoughts run out of control, what causes them to shout?

There’s more of course.

What do they get excited about? What do they think about? What do they want? What do they wish for?

The reason I bring that up.

When I talk with unbelievers I have found that many have never thought about why they exist. I asked someone this recently what their purpose was and they said that they were here to eat. But many professing Christians are different. There are many in the church who know that their life purpose is supposed to be the glory of God.

When asked what we are about, we’ve got that answer down “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

Next question please.

But here’s the deal (as my four year old daughter said to me yesterday) if someone looked at our life, the way we spend our time, our money, what we talk about about, get upset about, would what we actually are living for and what we say that we are living for match up?

At all?

This is really kind of scary. Which is a worse position to be in: to do wrong and know that what you are doing is wrong or to do wrong and actually think that what you are doing is right? They are both bad, but I say the second is worse because at least in the first case you have a chance to repent.

Yet I’m afraid that’s where some are at when it comes to the fundamental question of what they are about.

Can I just shout it out?

We’re not living for the glory of God simply because we say we’re living for the glory of God. We’ve got to ask ourselves the tough questions.

If making God look great is the purpose of my life, how does that impact the way I talk, the way I think, the way I work, the way I use my money, what I get angry about, what am passionate about?

Perhaps one reason our lives aren’t more impacted by this new understanding we have of the purpose of life that we have received in the gospel is because we aren’t doing the hard work of putting off and putting on. We developed a way of living as unbelievers and the unbelievers around us are giving us a model of living that is based on very different motivations than what we find in the gospel and we are imitating that without thinking, when we need to instead be deliberately and daily taking the gospel and what it says about the purpose of life and ask, how does this practically change what I do today? What do I need to stop and what do I need to start?

Imagine the impact it might make when what we say about the purpose of life and the way we actually are living our lives connect. Imagine the joy of really living for what you are living for!

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