Why are we here?
To be attached is to be joined together with something. We all have attachments in our life- attachments to our family, our friends, our work, our phones, our sports, our stuff, our way. There can be good parts to these attachments we have- like providing us with much needed relationships, purpose, and happiness. However, sometimes these attachments can do more harm than good. Sometimes these attachments can have such a tight hold on us that they distance us from God and fulfilling God’s desires. Over the next five weeks, we are exploring what our attachments are that distance us from God, and we will learn how we can let them go so that we can fully and freely live with God.
On Sunday we looked at a question that will form the foundation of our series: Why are we here? Different people have different answers to this question, but according to the Apostle Paul and St. Ignatius of Loyola, we are here to glorify God. In Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren’s opening line states, “it’s not about you.” The only way we discover our identity, significance, and purpose is in God. St. Ignatius’ life motto was “For the greater glory of God.” He believed that we were not only to do what is right but also to do what is right for the right reasons. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Whatever is an all-encompassing word that means anything and everything. We are to do everything- from taking care of our family, working at our job, serving in our church, driving to places, eating meals, shopping, social media, ESPN, exercising- for God’s glory. That is quite a challenging and convicting call. It invites us to consider- how can I use my work to glorify God? Perhaps we could interact with our employees or customers in a way that share’s Christ’s love, or pray over our workplace each day. How can I use my driving to glorify God? Perhaps we could choose kindness as we drive, or pray for the other drivers on the road. How can I glorify God in my home? Perhaps we can live by the fruits of the Spirit in our interactions with family members, and invite deeper spiritual conversations with our family members.
When we think about the decisions we make each day, are we asking ourselves “how will this glorify God?” Are we seeking only what we want and will, or we inviting what God wants and wills to have reign over our lives? Life is about letting God use you for God’s purposes, not vice versa. If you are struggling with the call to do everything for the greater glory of God, know that you are not alone. It is a high and difficult calling. The good news is that God isn’t finished with us yet; we are all a work in progress. God’s grace covers over our failings, and God is continually at work in us, inviting us into deeper relationship, where we begin to desire more and more to do all things for the greater glory of God.
We want you challenge you to take one step this week in the direction of fulfilling our purpose- to glorify God. Think about that one thing in the “whatever in your life” that you can glorify God better in, and pray for God’s guidance and help in doing that. Remember we are here to glorify God, not ourselves.
- Monday- 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
- Tuesday- Colossians 3:1-17
- Wednesday- Exodus 33:12-23
- Thursday- Psalm 85:1-17
- Friday- Psalm 96:1-13
Questions to Consider or Discuss:
- Why are we here?
- What challenged you in the sermon this week? In what ways do you feel called to glorify God in your daily life this week?
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