I Wanna Talk About Me
When we’re caught in a whirlpool or a tide, the first thought we tend to have reads much like a Toby Keith song.
We get into the mindset that it’s all about ‘Me.’ So the first thing we’re going to talk about is, well, ourselves. Let’s face it. As good or bad as our self-image might be, no matter how good or bad we might have it, we don’t want to only be the center of our own universe… we want to be the focal point of other’s lives too.
When people don’t put in as much time or effort as we do, we hurt. We expect people to value us as much, if not, more than we do them. When we do, we find our relationships lacking.
This problem with ‘Me’ and ‘I’ runs deeper than our day to day interactions. Our need for self-worth, joy, and relief has become such a fixation we have brought it into God’s house… the church. We are so fixated on making ourselves and one another feel better, that we have forgotten the most important discovery and the relationship we can have in this whole world… God and our relationship with Him.
We Are Made For God
While God’s power is awesome and infinite, His love for us is not something to shirk, laugh at, or take for granted. God was not made for us. The truth is:
We were made for Him.
Colossians 1:16-18 New International Version (NIV)
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
This words written by the Apostle Paul clearly illustrate God’s importance. As an apostle, Paul was shipwrecked, imprisoned, lied about, rejected, and even pelted with stones. Yet, he wrote of worship and rejoicing always.
You may wonder: How do you do that when nothing seems to be going right?
Like Paul did, we must learn to look beyond living for ourselves. We must live for Christ, for our Lord God who made us. Then and only then can we truly rejoice in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV (New International Version)
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.