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Posted on January 15th, 2016 by Pastor Dave Morgan
I am one of "those" people who likes to look back on the old year and reflect on how everything played out and then set goals for the new year. It helps me honestly evaluate the past and challenges me for the future to "do the right things" rather than just "do things right."
As I look ahead to 2016, I am convicted that, as a follower of Christ, my goals need to reflect God's priorities for my life, not mine. I remember several years ago reading Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Life." He starts the book out by saying, "It's not about you." He went on to say that focusing on ourselves will never reveal God's purpose for our lives. That all sounds fine and good and I can easily give lip service that I agree with that, but how I live sometimes says the opposite. Every time I am tempted to sin, every time I am selfish, every time I am disappointed because things didn't go my way, I have made life all about me rather than about God. That's convicting.
On New Year's Day I read the "January 1" entry of the devotional "New Morning Mercies" by Paul Tripp (I highly recommend it!). He reiterated Rick Warren's words when he said, "remember that life is simply not about us." Ouch! I felt like God was saying "Dave, you have heard it before, but you need to hear it again" If I am going to accomplish what God wants for my life, I need to be on his agenda, not mine. Tripp went on to say, "We were not meant to exist according to our own little self-oriented plans...no, we were created to live for him." God had my attention! How do I do that?
The verse that has been ringing in my ears is I Corinthians 10:31. It says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." The little phrase, "whatever you do" covers a lot of territory. In fact, it covers everything--from my work, to my family, to my money. If I am going to live life on God's agenda, then my priorities in each of these areas needs to bring him glory. Each of these areas needs to reflect the fact that I am made by God and for God. That's what I am working on for 2016. I hope you are too!