The Struggle and God’s glory

Posted: December 6, 2019 in Uncategorized
Struggle
We are all guilty of putting our best life forward on social media. Well, today, I want to give you an inner glimpse of what I struggle with the most and something I’m challenged with, and in the end I want to challenge you as well.
 
I’m guilty of thinking I have more time on this earth. I’m guilty of thinking I’ll live to be an old man, but the truth is, we are not promised our next breath. James 4:14 tells us our life is a vapor, a midst, here today and gone tomorrow. Our life on this earth can end in an instant.
 
Thinking about this and reflecting on this passage I’m challenged. We all experience stress, anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, happiness, joy, delight, and more! But, if I may be honest, I must confess that I have spent a lot of time being stressed, anxious, worried, and even angry. I must also confess that being stressed, anxious, worried and angry has earned or gained me nothing in this life. To be honest, it has hurt more people than I’m willing to admit, but greater still, it hasn’t brought glory to God or exalted the name of Christ.
 
So the question I have for myself is why would I want to continue to live in this pattern? Why should I be stressed out, anxious and hurtful when my life can be taken away in an instant? When God calls me home I want to be giving Him glory in whatever it is I may be doing whether that be on the sick bed or doing any other activity. I want to bring honor to the name of Christ, and not seek to bring honor to myself. I want to do what God has put me here for. To give Him glory, honor Christ, preach the Gospel, make Disciples and shepherd my family. I want to teach my boys how to be God honoring, Christ exalting young men, and I want to teach my daughter how to honor the Lord in all that she does. I want to lead my wife in a Biblical Christ centered way and not in a selfish way. I’m nothing special, I’m not important, I’m just a nobody that want’s to honor God in all that I do. I have wasted so much time doing the opposite in my life. It’s time to really start to shift the perspective.
 
What about you? What will you choose to do today. Spend time seeking self gratification and pleasure, or will you use your time on this earth to give God glory in all that you do. This is not just a challenge to myself, but a challenge to everyone who has read this far. Choose this day whom you will serve.
 
Solus Christus,
 
Pastor Steven

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