I have found myself being so infatuated with the makeup of life. Everything from the way we are designed to the way we interact with one another. I can’t help but ask, what is our purpose? We could very easily go about our everyday lives, living in the moment, completing task by task and trying to find fulfillment in these things. Or, we could ask ourselves, what is the purpose of our existence. Why are we living the way we are?
2 Corinthians 4:13-15 says, “It is written, “I BELIEVED; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak. Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
Our purpose is to give God all the glory in everything we do. When I think about what this looks like in our lives, the word pride comes to mind. The opposite of glorifying God is glorifying ourselves, which also known as pride.
Beth Moore suggests, “The most effective means the enemy has to keep believers from being full of the spirit is to keep us full of ourselves.”
When I think about struggles I have within my life, they most often are filled with pride. Pride is such a nasty thing that can bring a divide between us and the Lord. Pride can ruin relationships, marriages, jobs, and our own character. Pride makes us feel like we can go through life on own, rather than relying on Christ to carry us.
How would your life change if you never had to struggle with pride?
If we take our focus away from our prideful nature to glorifying God, we can experience the freedom of life Christ has to offer. Paul says that it is to our benefit to glorify God, so that we will one day be in his wonderful presence.
Take this challenge with me. Throughout your day, ask yourselves, “Am I glorifying God, or am I doing this for the glory of myself?”
Journal and reflect on the following verses: