Sep 29, 2008

The Coolest Thing About It's Not About You or Me

Here’s the coolest about "It's not about you thing." When we live our lives to give God the credit and glory, it doesn't mean that therefore we're going to be living sucky lives. In fact, totally to the contrary.

Why would anyone ever want to be a Christ-follower if it meant misery and drudgery? That’s what God promises.

Jesus says, “I came that you might have life, and have it in abundance!” John 10:10.

And Jesus adds this by saying, “And my Father is glorified in this, that you bear much fruit.” John 15:8.

See, while our happiness and joy is not God’s goal, when we pursue God with our lives, and when we live in such a way to give credit to God, happiness and joy is the by-product, it’s the result of living a life of giving God glory or giving God credit. Don’t confuse the by-product with the goal itself.

Our joy and happiness is how we give glory to God.
  • Go ahead. Try marriage God's way and have an awesome marriage.
  • Go ahead. Try family God's way and have an awesome family life.
  • Try work God's way and have an awesome experience at work no matter who your boss is, no matter who your co-workers are, no matter what.
  • Try ____ God's way, and you're going to discover that there is no better way to do _____ than to do it God's way.
The purpose and the goal of life is to give God glory and to give God the credit. And when you live like that, joy is the result. But if you pursue joy apart from seeking God’s glory and giving God the credit, you will have neither.

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