“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” –Revelation 22:13
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:10
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
Some think God wants us to be rich epitomes of Western culture’s wealth and health. Others think God wants us to be poor servant types – all striving to be Mother Teresa. I think God simply wants us to be His. And being His looks a little different on each of us.
“And before the world was made, God decided to make us His own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased Him to do it.” -Ephesians 1:5 ERV (Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read version)
And this one simple yet profound statement captured me….
“Our lives are about God; they are not about us.”
Because in the end, it is all about God anyway: “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17 ESV (English Standard Version)
Does that make us humans limited or subservient then? Not at all. Because the really cool thing is that this same God…. HE is all about us!
“How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” – Psalms 139:17 NLT (New Living Translation)
““Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.” -Jesus, Matthew 6:19-21 AMP (Amplified version)
So, after posting some God-given encouragement on Instagram this morning, I found myself distracted from the #GoodGoodFather I had been communing with just moments ago by obsessively counting likes on my posts. I was shifting from finding my worth in Him to attempting to ascertain my value from that! Thankfully, He intervened in my soul once again with these words:
“Place your full focus on Me rather than gazing at yourself. Don’t let even My blessings and the beauty I’ve placed in you distract you from the Strength and Hope I AM. This can block my ability to flow through you to others in need of Me.”
Our Father wrote some words in the Bible a while back as a reminder for moments like these:
“[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].” Hebrews 12:2 AMP (Amplified Version)
Let’s continue to listen to the sweet voice of our Father and become who we already are….
Some days you just have to #ReblogYourself.