Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Perhaps you're looking for yet another good book to read

I stumbled on a great book this past year that clearly spells out the purpose of our humanity. The book, "It's Not About Me," by Max Lucado, really impacted me, and I highly recommend it.

The book challenges Christians to look at their lives as conduits of God's glory, and recognize that everything in their lives, the pleasures and successes, the losses, the problems, the distresses...everything, is ultimately designed to demonstrate God's glory here on the Earth.

It's a concept that all believers should be aware of: that we are not our own and everything in our lives works together for our good and His glory. At times, however, I think we have the inclination to forget it (at least, I get my eyes off that idea at times).

Lucado writes: "Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end--the glory of God. 'Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.' (Psalm 50:15 NLT)."

This book isn't just about the tough times or challenges. He points out we should recognize that our victories and times of blessing are all about Him as well. These are gifts from Him to reflect his glory and power on the Earth.

Just like the time Moses beheld God's glory and that glory reflected from his face, our very lives should reflect God glory to those we come in contact with. This should be our ultimate goal.

Struggling to understand your current situation? Don't know what purpose God could be carrying out in and through your life right now? What is the purpose of your humanity, no matter what your situation?

"Reduce the human job description down to one phrase, and this is it: Reflect God's glory," Lucado says.

Let's make it our goal this coming year to remember that our number one mission is to reflect God's life-changing glory to the world around us. Nothing more. Nothing less. Renewing this perspective could change everything around us.

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