I’m so pumped that y’all came to Ignite, choosing to invest in friendships that will last for years to come, as well as investing in your spiritual walks with Christ. In this devo, I’d like to give less of a sermon and more of a charge.
In so many of our lives, we give God what we think He is due. We give our Sunday mornings, maybe our Wednesday nights, and occasionally an Instagram post of a cup of coffee and a leather Bible pulled out specifically for a picture. Aside from this, we spend hours scrolling through food videos on Facebook, binge watching seasons of Netflix, or find some other way to waste the allotted time that the Lord has blessed us with. It’s our life, we get to do with it what we want. Why not just hang out and chill as we go on living? Many of us have plans to get our degree from the University of Texas (hook ‘em), find a high-paying job, get married, maybe have kids, and retire at a young age in Florida, spending our days walking along the beach and looking for seashells.
Oh how we should fear this life.
To dwindle away the life that God has given us is to spend it completely on fleshly pleasures and earthly happiness. We were not created for temporary happiness here on Earth. We were created for eternal joy in our Creator to glorify Him.
“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for My glory.” (Isaiah 43:6-7, emphasis added) According to John Piper, a pastor, “Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God.” This does not just pertain to a single part of life though. We ought to strive to glorify God in every single thing that we do, whether that be through school, through relationships, through reading Scripture, through being kind to family, or through simply taking joy from resting in Christ.
“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
“What we do here echoes in eternity.” – William Wallace (Braveheart)
Throughout the rest of our time at Ignite and the rest of our days, “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (Hebrews 12:1),” as we seek to honor and glorify the Lord of all in every single aspect of our lives. Less social media, more Scripture. Less gossip and tearing others down, more encouraging and loving others. Less worry and anxiety about daily struggles, more time spent and depth in prayer. May we yearn to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21)” when we finally go home.