It's All About God
“For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory.” (Romans 11:36, TLB)
It’s not about you.
It’s all about God.
Those two go together. The reason it’s not about you is because it’s all about God.
Until you understand this, life is never going to make sense. Until you understand this, I’m not going to make sense to you. The goal of my life is not pleasure, possessions, prestige, politics, power, or popularity. It’s not anything that the world values. The goal of my life is the glory of God.
Romans 11:36 says, “For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory” (TLB). Everything on the planet and in the universe was created for God’s glory.
What’s the implication of that?
If it’s all about God and it’s not all about you—or about making money or being popular or any of those other things the world thinks are important—then the implication is that loving God is your first priority. Jesus said it like this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38 TLB).
Nothing tops this truth, folks! If you miss this, you’ve wasted your life. The most important thing in life is to love and get to know the God who created you.
How do you do that? Start by reading his Word, the Bible. It’s not always the easy choice to make time for Bible study, but when you do, you’ll learn more about God and find your love for him deepened. And, as you start to understand that your life is about God, not you, you’ll find more joy in the pursuit of him.
Talk It Over
What is the goal of your life?
How does our culture try to convince you that life is all about you?
In what ways can you practice loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind?
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