Have We Missed the Whole Point?
The purpose of life: Christians will say it is to glorify God, but is that whole point of life or have we missed something? Something life changing?
Honestly, up until a week ago, I looked at life completely differently. I love the Lord; I thank Him every day for the life He has given to me; I attempt to live a life that will honor Him. So what changed you ask?
I read and fully understood Romans 14:12, “So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.”
Along with Eccl. 12:14, “For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”
You might be thinking, still this is nothing new, but when you combine it with everything God tells us about our lives, it starts to make more sense:
1 Cor. 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Col. 3:17, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
2 Peter 3:18, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
1 Peter 5:6 & 10, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time…After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
1 Peter 4:11b & 13, “whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever Amen…but to the degree you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”
Ok, I could go on and on in Ecclesiastes, Romans, Acts, Ephesians, and Hebrews about our lives and the purpose of glorifying God, but you get the point.
But what you still may not get is the full purpose. You see, yes we are to do good works to bring God glory now, but also at the time of judgement. Like I said above, we will all stand before the “Judgement Seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10).
1 Cor. 4:5 says that the Lord will “bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.” And 1 John 2:28 says, “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
When I went about my life, I was always thinking about trying to bring glory to God and the end being able to just be in Heaven with my King. I didn’t really contemplate the “Judgement Seat”. Now I know that I have nothing to worry about for “there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1), but there is a recompense, an answering for the life that God gave you. I don’t know about you, but when I stand across from my Lord and Savior, who gave up His Heavenly throne for an earthly death so that I might live, I want to be able to lay down a worthy sacrifice at His feet. God says that our lives are to be a sacrifice, a light, a jewel. I want to be able to have the “testing fire” that will be set on the whole my life (works, deeds, thoughts, idols, etc.) produce an enduring prize that I can lay before my God in love and adoration (1 Cor. 3:12-15). I don’t want to stand before Him and offer Him a life worth nothing. I know that I will never be able to live a life completely worthy of the calling, but I am not going to give up the fight of trying.
I hear a lot of people talk about Heaven and crowns of glory and all of these things, and that is great, but the focus on these things is still on us. Somehow we have even degraded the greatest sacrifice to still be about us. Yes, we get the benefit, but He should get the glory. We get Heaven, and if that isn’t enough, He is preparing a place for us and time for us to receive a reward. All I can say, is that if there is any reward to be handed, it will not be of my doing, but the Lord that lives within me who gave me the power to achieve it, and I will lay it at His feet in adoration and praise. May it be SO!
Hopefully, this has given new meaning to you to laying up your treasures in Heaven, waging the war, judging not a brother in Christ, living a life worthy, glorifying God, seeking first the Kingdom of God, and so on. For our lives are but a whisper of a time. Each second that passes, we cannot receive again. We get one life to make a beautiful gift for our Lord.
So may we fight the fight and live a life worthy, not because we get a reward (which we don’t deserve), but so that God may be the beneficiary of a gift of a sacrificial life and be glorified today and through eternity. If that is all I have the ability to do or give my God, may I do so willfully and with great perseverance!
So press on Christian. Press on in this sin filled world for the sake of bringing a sacrificed life of love to our Lord at His coming. May we live in a way that is not about ourselves, but a life that is a thank you card – a love letter to our Lord! To God be the glory, now and forever – Amen.