Whatever, Wherever Glory
I stink at math. During my years of mandatory math classes, I was always asking . . . do I really need to know this? Will I ever use this in my life? What’s the point?
Ultimately the point of math is God’s glory. The point of education, work and rest, eating and drinking, suffering and celebration, and whatever else fills our days is the glory of God! Whatever we do, whatever we experience, wherever we go, and whoever we’re with the point is to point our lives to God. We are to direct all attention to His greatness and glory.
He must become greater; I must become less (John 3:30). Throughout the 2013-2014 GEMS season we’ve taught this verse. We’ve memorized it, sang it, studied it, and spoke it. How are we doing? It’s important to ask God to search and examine our hearts.
Who gets the glory when . . .
• Your counselor team gossips about one another?
• You repeat something that took place at club?
• You feel underappreciated and overworked?
• You’re the last person at club because you’re scrubbing paint and glue off tables?
• You’re given special praise for your work with the girls?
• You delight in this season’s successes?
• You lament in this year’s disappointments?
Even as we seek to teach and model what it means for God to increase and for us to decrease, we have to admit it’s difficult to practice what we teach. There’s a constant battle between our self-centeredness and the God-centeredness that God requires.
We need Jesus! God requires obedience and then by grace provides for our obedience through Christ! In Christ we receive forgiveness and grace and are set free from sin! In Christ alone we can be mirrors to God’s image so that when people look at us, and our clubs they might see Jesus!
Why did God send Jesus to this world? What was His point? If our first thought is “for me!” think again! Jesus gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Galatians 1:4-5). The primary reason God sent Jesus was for His glory! It was the point of His life.
HE>I: What is the point of your life?
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