SHIFT YOUR FOCUS!

“… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 
(Matthew 20:26-28, NIV)

At some point in our spiritual journey, we may become convinced that we should be shifting our focus from seeking success in the physical world to gaining significance in the spiritual world.

As Christians, becoming significant in the spiritual world is an important part of our lives. But when the reason we’re doing it is to feel good about ourselves, we cease to serve and we do it only for self-gratification. We need to serve with humility, always guarding against claiming credit for the work God is doing through us.

God doesn’t need us in order to accomplish His will. He gives us the opportunity to be in a relationship with Him as we work where He’s working. We are significant because He made us significant; we are never significant because of what we do for Him.

Don’t be fooled into thinking God can’t use you as you go about your daily business. God is just as much at work in our offices as He is in the sanctuary. He’s as interested in being in relationship with you during your daily work routine as He is in hearing from you in your quiet time. Service in the kingdom only has rank in our eyes, from our perspective. Every action, every moment surrendered to Him out of gratitude and obedience, is an opportunity for Him to work through us, and into those around us, even if we never see the result of that work.

The Westminster Catechism declares “man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” We glorify and enjoy Him best when our thoughts, our actions, and our sacrifices are focused on Him, and not on how they make us feel about ourselves.

Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!

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One Comment on “SHIFT YOUR FOCUS!”

  1. George Hayward Says:

    Love it!

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