We are immersed in a society brainwashing us with the idea that I am the most important person and what happens to me is my main concern.
It’s easy to disagree with that mindset when it’s stated that directly but our culture isn’t so blatant as it seeks to infuse our thinking with a “me first” attitude.
Instead, we get subtle statements like;
“Have it your way.”
“You deserve a break today.”
“It’s all about you.”
Although these statements and other like them seem innocuous they clearly represent the pervasiveness of this way of thinking.
As much as I hate to admit it, and often don’t recognize it, this self-serving, self-focused, self-centered approach to life has also infected the way I think in my spiritual life. Unintentionally and without notice, my approach to God has been drawn into thinking that God’s reason for saving me was all about my spiritual growth and development instead of realizing it is all about Him.
Oswald Chambers put it this way,
“It is a travesty to say that Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to redeem the whole world, and place it unimpaired and rehabilitated before the throne of God. The fact that Redemption can be experienced by us is an illustration of the power of the reality of Redemption, but that is not the end of Redemption.
“If God were human, how sick to the heart and weary He would be of the constant requests we make for our salvation, for our sanctification. We tax His energies from morning till night for things for ourselves – some thing for me to be delivered from! When we touch the bedrock of the reality of the Gospel of God, we shall never bother God any further with little personal plaints.”
What he’s saying is, as Christians, we too often fall into the trap of thinking the reason God saved us is so we can have peace or joy or receive a blessing or to make us holy.
The truth is the reason He saved me is so I can get to know and have a personal relationship with Him. The peace, joy, blessings, and holiness are by-products of that relationship not the purpose of it.
In First John 5:20 the beloved Apostle tells us,
“And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God and eternal life.”
John reminds us the primary reason Christ came was to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sins thereby providing a way for us to have a personal, intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.
This week I’ve thought a lot about this idea and Chamber’s statement and realized how much of my relationship with the Lord and communication with Him focuses on my growth, my development, my preference and my desires and how little I simply concentrate on getting to know and growing closer to Him.
What a mockery that is of the real reason Jesus saved me. It again reminds me how much I need to work on totally revamping my approach to God to the proper way of thinking – it’s all about Him!
Written by Mark Armstrong