Some months ago, someone came to our church on Sunday to be a guest speaker. His message was from Revelation 1 entitled “It’s Not About You.” After church, my 15 year old daughter and I talked about what we had heard. She said something like: “As I looked at the passage that he was preaching from, I wondered, ‘What does this have to do with not being about me?’ Then I realized…that was the point…it really ISN’T about me!”
You know what? It really isn’t!
As I did the study in Ephesians chapter 1 yesterday, I must admit…I saw afresh that God sure does go the extra mile in making me feel like I am worth SO much to Him! He has attributed value to me! But, even so…I came away from the study aware of the desired outcome of God’s goodness to me (all those verbs you may have listed done for the direct and indirect object–us)… So that I might be for the praise of His glorious grace. Am I living for HIS praise?
Even when it seems like it is about me, it is about the amazing God we serve!
Think about something for a minute…
With our obsession with food, eating, and our bodies, or our obsession with our obsession (dieting, exercise and all the accompanying thoughts, planning and scheming or beating ourselves up accordingly), we tend to make life all about us. This is one reason why choosing to focus on God and His character, HIS love, HIS heart for other people can have such a huge impact on healing us of our “me-drivenness.”
He is our hope for healing and the One who sets us free. A fabulous life results from pursuing God’s glory, not our own. (Smith and Halliday, HEAL, page 105)
Bringing it Home: How can you allow God to take your healing to a new level? In what ways can we take our eyes off of ourselves and put them on God and on others? It isn’t about me. It really isn’t. How can I get on board with God’s eternal purposes?