Do I Exist for God, or He for Me?

by Lee Buford on March 26, 2010

Following Sunday’s official launch of Renewal Church, this has been a tremendous week of self-evaluation and study for me. Pastor Matt Rogers preached from the text of Colossians 1:15-20, from which the central theme of God’s preeminence was planted deeply in my heart and thoughts…again.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Pastor Matt made the following point:  “The essence of your view of life boils down to whether you believe you exist for God or He exists for you.”

Accordingly, each of us is then prompted to ask the question of ourselves. Do I believe I exist for God, or do I believe God exists for me?

I am in the camp of those professing that I was created by, through, and for Him! As a result, everything that I do and say on a daily basis SHOULD point to His glory…to Him. I am, however,  also in the camp of those admitting that I often come up short in this regard. But my failure to always point to Him must not discourage my efforts to do so. In fact, as I have experienced this week, acknowledging my shortcomings in this area has led to me taking a closer look at how I can be more intentional in pointing to Him on a daily basis.

When I grasp the reality that He has entrusted me with relationships and circumstances that provide me the opportunity to point to His glory, I have a newfound sense of responsibility and conviction that I must do just that.

While there are many others I could add to the list, here are ten areas of my life in which I have challenged myself to do a better job pointing to Him:

  1. Personal relationship/walk with Christ
  2. Daily prayer life and study in the Word
  3. Family
  4. Friendships
  5. Professional/career relationships and interactions
  6. Self-discipline
  7. Finances
  8. Attitude
  9. Discipling/mentoring relationships
  10. Serving and loving others

While I certainly will not get to 100% today or tomorrow…or even EVER, I can get much closer than I am right now. That is my goal, my desire, and my intention.

To this I am called…for this I was created!

I encourage you ask this question of yourself, and then look at certain areas in your own life that you feel God is speaking to you about.

What are some of these areas, and what are some of the ways you, and all of us, can do a better job pointing to His glory?

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