What are you devoted to?
Some people chase a certain type of lifestyle, or the glory of being a certain type of person. For others it may be to achieve—to get a better job, another degree, a title, or renown. How much time do you spend looking at a screen in your free time?
I think it’s safe to say that when we get these things we devote ourselves to, we find that our achievements and reaching our goals is great for a little while, but then it begins to lose its luster before we’re on to the next thing that will fulfill us.
There is one thing, though, that never loses its luster or its feeling of fulfillment. I stumbled on it unexpectedly—I saw how God used me.
It’s the best feeling. Not in the sense that we get a pat on the back when God uses us—most of the time, our actions in the service of God go unnoticed by everyone but God. What’s so great is that the God of the universe used someone small, unassuming, and normal to reveal something much bigger and more awesome about himself to someone else. It’s not glory for us—it’s the glory of God through us when we choose to set ourselves apart for him. When we make ourselves available to be a tool for God—a good tool that won’t break or bend under pressure—he will do amazing things.
We should want God to work through our lives, because what would our lives mean aside from God? The place where we will find our purpose and where we will live passionate, full lives is where we focus on Christ and become more excited about what our lives are producing for God rather than what we are producing for ourselves. That is true wealth.
Proverbs 13:7 says, “One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” The apostle Paul encouraged the followers of Christ to live a life free of divided interests, so that they may have their whole hearts for God, because this life is short and the things that truly matter are eternal. He lived light and had few possessions because he was so sold out to living for God. He knew that what he lacked in worldly “pleasures,” he would be that much richer eternally.
It doesn’t matter what car we drive or what people think of us, and it doesn’t matter how nice our stuff is. We will find the most joy and fulfillment when our lives make an impact for God, which means loving people and investing into eternity.
It’s difficult to give up our distractions. But our purpose is not to be a certain type of personality, to get another degree, a better job, or fame. Our purpose is relationship—to be a better spouse, parent, friend, or family member. It is our purpose to give into the lives of those around us. It’s the only investment we can make in this life that we will see a return on. And when we sow into eternity, our temporary, earthly lives will be far more satisfying and glorifying to God.