Make It About Jesus
“Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5, GW)
If you want to be used by God, you need to remember this: It’s not about you; it’s all about Jesus.
“It’s not about you” is the exact opposite of everything you’ve been taught. Our entire culture appeals to self-centeredness. Advertisements everywhere tell you, “You’re number one! Do what’s best for you! Think of yourself first!”
But you’re not the center of the universe—God is. That’s why, when you make every problem, opportunity, and criticism about yourself, you become frustrated and unfulfilled. And you eventually become bored because life is so much more than living for yourself.
The Bible says, “Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5 GW).
Twice in this passage, Paul says it’s all for Jesus. It’s about him, and it’s for his sake. In other words, learning to follow Jesus is about motivation.
There may be a hundred different things you could do with your life, and God would say: “Because I made you and shaped you, any of those things would be fine with me.”
But God is far more interested in your motivation to do something than in your methodology. You could be using the right method and be very successful in life. But if you have the wrong motive—greed, competition, envy, or guilt—it won’t count with God.
On the other hand, you could do everything wrong and fail in so many ways. But if you have the right motive—Jesus—then God says, “That’s good enough.” God is more interested in your “why” than your “what.”
The Bible says, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17 NIV).
Have you found yourself bored or frustrated with life? Choose to make Jesus your motivation today. You’ll find the joy of living for something bigger than yourself.
Talk It Over
In what areas of your life does the culture influence you to “make it all about you”?
Have there been times when you were motivated by greed, competition, envy, or guilt? How did that work out?
What would it look like if everything you did this week—as a family member, friend, student, or employee—was “for [Jesus’] sake”?
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