Can I vent for a minute?
Ladies...I love you all dearly. I really truly do. Often while posting a comment on another blog or reading a personal post, I offer up quick prayers for you. I rejoice in your rejoicings and I mourn in your sadness. I love you all and I love blogging....But I have a problem.
(Preface: In this post I will mainly be talking to other Christian bloggers. If you are not a Christian, I am sorry that I'm not talking to you, but keep reading, you will learn stuff about me and may find it interesting.)
Many of us talk about God and glorifying Him. We post pictures of the outfit we wore to church. We post inspirational scriptures and thoughts. Are these things bad? No.
But is this our faith? Is our faith really a bunch of inspirational quotes and verses? Is our faith really a place we attend each week?
My faith is not. My faith is embodied in a person. My faith is a relationship. My faith is NOT about ME.
So why do we write "christian" blog posts and never mention
That person is JESUS.
So why am I not talking about JESUS more?
This all stemmed from this question...
What is my purpose in life?
To love people? Sort of...
To be nice? Not really...
To be a Christian? Kinda-sorta...
Look at Jesus' final prayer:
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was...I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world...And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: that they all may be one, as You, Father, [are] in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."
I know this is a long section. But look at what it says! Ladies! This is SO important!
Our purpose in life is...
TO KNOW GOD AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
Our whole purpose in this life, is to know God and to make our lives as LITTLE about us as possible and as MUCH about Him. We are to BRING HIM GLORY in everything.
I know this isn't easy. So often we fall into the trap of doing GOOD things because they give us purpose or make us happy. That is NOT right!
I should be doing GOOD things
I LOVE GOD
for the purpose of
GLORIFYING HIM SO THAT
MIGHT BE SAVED
I know that this is a long post with no pictures
(an "I'm just gonna skip this type post)
but I really hope you guys read this and take it to heart.
I know I am not perfect in this area. My biggest struggle with blogging has been me trying to blog about my life without forgetting that it is not about me anyways.
I want my blog to be about bringing Jesus glory. About making Him AWESOME in your eyes. Through His Spirit is the only way this can happen. I cannot do any of this on my own. But it is not about me anyways.
I want Jesus to be glorified in all I do.
I want HIM to be the
in my whole
JUST HIM. HIS GLORY. THAT IS MY PURPOSE.
HE IS ALL.
If you read this or even skimmed it, please write me back and leave me your thoughts. (or email me if you don't want others seeing what you write)
This issue is so real to me. I see so many people calling themselves Christians and yet living for motives other than Jesus. Is that you?
I don't want that to be me.