Friday, June 15, 2012

My purpose for living

This has always been one of those areas where I am not sure when to draw the line and make a distinction. As a Christian, my purpose for living is to serve Christ and to help others find their way to Him. But living for this life is also necessary. What order do I put my priorities in, and how much time should I give to each one?

This topic again revisited my thinking several days ago as I was preparing for my classes at a Bible camp, and as I was doing my morning Bible reading today. It may shock you to learn what realization I have come to. I have realized that God is not, nor should He be a priority in my life.That may sound like a terrible thing to say; but I believe it is the correct mindset for a Christian to have.

When I have priorities, I separate them based upon importance and assign each one varying lengths of my attention corresponding to their priority rank. For example: I would give my #1 priority 60% of my time, my #2 priority 15% of my time, my #3 priority 8% of my time, and so on. The thing is that I believe God is so important that He shouldn’t just be designated a measured slot of my day. God is not a priority, God is life! Whatever I do for the Church, for myself, for my job, and for others; should all be done with God as the foundation of my focus. Sure God doesn’t care about what I eat for breakfast, or what color my socks are; but there should never be a moment in my day where I switch the “living for God” sector of my mind off. I should always be open to thoughts about how I can be a better person, and about how I can help God’s kingdom here on earth.

No I am not saying that I aspire to become a sort of modern-day monk who ignores all the attractions of earth so that I may study and teach. I don’t believe that is the most productive way to witness to others; and being human, I couldn’t do it. I need some pleasures and hobbies to keep me sane and my disposition pleasant. Plus certain things of this life can bring us closer to God, like having a family or enjoying this planet which He has created. Also, certain hobbies can bring us closer to others and allow our Christ-like attitudes to influence them, and or words to teach them. The point is that after I am gone, I want people to think of me, and say that I lived for God rather than for this life.


”For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”
-Romans 14:7-8

”Live,
I want to live inspired
Die,
I want to die for something
Higher than myself.
Live and die for anyone else.
The more I live I see
This life's not about me”
-Anberlin

1 comment:

  1. I think what you are talking about here is Abiding in Christ. This would be living in constant communication and fellowship with the Lord. This would eliminate all the priority breakdown issues.

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