Being a Christian is an amazing privilege — we get to worship our Creator in spirit and in truth, and we get to pray to Him about anything and everything according to His will. We worship a God, Creator, Sustainer, and Rock who keeps His promises and is faithful to us as we’re faithful to Him. It’s indescribable.
But, being a Christian also comes with the monumental responsibility of spreading the good news further and acting in a way that not only would be approved by Jesus, but in a way that Jesus would have acted. It comes with making constant changes in our lives as we see errors. Christians have the responsibility of adhering to the unwavering standard that’s been set before us so that we will be in heaven with God and His Son in the end.
Because of this responsibility, there’s one big thing that we all need to remember on a weekly, daily, hourly basis:
Nothing is about us.
Every Christian or person thinking of becoming a Christian should always be conscious of this fact: a fact that takes humility to recognize and accept. From the beginning, it’s never been about us. There’s a thread throughout the Bible, beginning to end, that all people are to magnify God and glorify Him in all things. Old Testament worshipers were completely consumed by sacrifice after sacrifice for the one true God (see the book of Leviticus). Although the Old Law has been replaced with a perfect, Jesus-focused, New Law — one that only required the sacrifice of Jesus to cover all of our sins, modern worshipers (Christians) still need to be consumed with serving God. In fact, David says in Psalm 69:9 that “zeal for Your house has consumed me” (some versions say “has eaten me up”) — the very attitude Jesus demonstrates and that we’re supposed to imitate!
And it starts with recognizing that nothing is about us.
God has had a plan since the beginning of the world, and that plan was never really about us. In short: He created the world, established the Old Law as a shadow of things to come, brought prophets forward to pave the way for Jesus, brought Jesus into the world, sent Him to teach the gospel and perform amazing miracles as well as sending disciples into all the nations, allowed His Son to be crucified for our sins, and made sure the church was established. He also made sure the Word was preserved for Christians until the end of time. Do you see a running thread here? He established this plan, and as we read through the Bible we can clearly see that it’s not about us.
Of course, God wants His people to be with Him — but that’s exactly the point — we were made to be with Him, not the other way around.
Humans all were made in His image (Genesis 1:27) because we are supposed to glorify Him, but even the non-human creations point back to God. If you look around, you’ll see God’s majesty clearly in the clouds and the trees and the oceans and the grass and in every tiny, microscopic being. All things glorify God and through Christ all things were made.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In the beginning was the Word [referring to Jesus here], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The life of a Christian should be no different. All humans have an innate need to worship; whether we recognize that or not, we need something to worship. Sometimes the things we obsess over are the things we’re choosing to worship consciously or subconsciously; that could be a person, hobby, thing, place, job, whatever it is we put first in our lives. The reality is that what we were created to worship was the Creator Himself. Christians need to remember to put God first and put worshiping God first because that’s what we were created to do.
I want this to be abundantly clear: Being a Christian isn’t a tagline; it’s not something to use to our advantage because we like to think we’re good people or because we want to seem like good people if we’re not. And it’s certainly not just something to put in our social media profiles to make us look good or fit in with any particular group of people. Our ability to be Christians is a gift that was only obtained through the world’s most meaningful sacrifice: Jesus on the cross. Holding the title “Christian” is an honor, and it should be taken seriously so that we don’t drag Christ’s name through the mud.
Because it’s still not about us.
Every single material thing we have, talent we possess, good thought that crosses our mind, kind deed we do for others, post we write on the internet — for these things we owe each and every ounce of glory to God. Jesus said in John 6:38, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” Jesus knew. He knew that His purpose was to glorify God in heaven and do only those things that please Him. If this was Jesus’ purpose — our Savior and Intercessor — then let us follow His pattern!
This life is about lost souls. It’s about sharing the gospel with people who need it (read: everyone). It’s about taking time to serve others because that’s what Jesus did. It’s about giving our best even when we feel our worst. It’s about getting up and trying again when we fail, and praying to God through each failure and success. It’s about giving, not receiving. It’s about serving a glorious, giving, patient, and just God who gave His Son’s life when He was falsely accused so that we could be in heaven with them both.
It’s about giving the glory to God through Jesus who saves.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
// I’ve reposted this from October 6, 2016. It’s been edited and updated.
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