Often times, it is hard not to focus on anything but our own desires, needs, afflictions and how people have harmed us. I would dwell so much on those things that sometimes I would get away from what’s really important, which is the Lord. I would spend so much time stressing over how hurt I am instead of focusing on the Lord. I would spend so much time worrying about what happened rather than taking my concerns to the Lord, trusting Him, and focusing on Him.
Something that I’ve been feeling convicted to remember by the Lord is that it’s not about me. Yes, the Lord loves us, cherishes us, and was crucified for us, but I do not exist to be served. God created people to bring glory to God. We aren’t here to be waited on hand and foot or to be worshiped. We are here to bring glory to God. When I am reminded of that it puts it all into perspective for me.
It’s not about me. My life is not my own and you know what? I am perfectly okay with that. I want the Lord to get ALL of the glory in my life. He’s the one that’s truly at work here. I am simply listening to what he tells me to and praying to Him/talking to Him. I am not the one that’s at work. God is truly at work in my life and even within me. I can’t even take credit for the desire He’s put in me to seek Him because I know that’s all God. If it were all me as a sinner, I don’t believe that I would have the ability to not do the things that I currently don’t do and to desire pleasing Him over everything else. I truly credit that to the Lord and His work in me. Therefore, why do I need to be praised? Why do I need to be exalted?
If you knew how far the Lord has taken me from the person I was to the person He is making me to be, you would be glorifying Him as well. Perhaps, this is even evident in your own life.
If you can, think back to a time in your life where you were in a really tough situation that seemed impossible to get out of and yet you did. Was that you that got you out of that situation or God?
Think back to a time where this was a person had a change of heart towards you. Was that change of heart because of something you did or because of God?
I know that for me, all these answers would be because of God. I can’t take credit for any of this that is happening in my life.
The job offer?
The change in character?
The desire to seek Him?
That’s not me! That’s not anything that I am doing, but it is everything that the Lord is doing.
This is why going back to the fact that we do not exist for our own pleasures and convictions, but for the glory of God, it humbles me as well. It reminds me to see God’s hand in everything in my life and understand that this is not of my own doing. The fact that I have shelter is not a coincidence. The fact that I was pulled out of a very harmful situation a few years ago is not by coincidence. God did that. God is very active and is always trying to pull us away from the enemy and back to Him, even though we are completely undeserving of it due to the numerous times we have unintentionally forsaken Him.
It’s not about me. I don’t exist for me. I wasn’t created for me. I was created to bring glory to God.
How humbling and how wonderful is that?
God will exalt you and give you things beyond what you’ve ever dreamed for, but we aren’t here to be served, but to serve.