A life that works, is that what you worship?

The other night I was challenged – thanks to Julie Williams – in a way that I haven’t been in some time. Not rubrics cube style challenged, I’m talking about something that covers more ground than just the hand eye co-ordination required to solve one of those simple puzzles.

I was asked this question, do I want a life that works or do I want a life that is well lived for the glory of God. it’s easy to jump at saying that I want a life lived for the glory of God, and that’s where I went first, until I got a little more honest with myself.

The hardest things in life are the things that look so similar and yet are fundamentally so different. Think about 2 presidential speeches of two different state leaders. Both presidents say much the same thing yet one country flourishes whilst the other one languishes. Why? Things look so similar until you dig a little deeper.

It’s no different in our lives. One man worships God with his life and things seem to work well for him. His relationships flourish, his family face hardships with joy and his career is enduring and effective. Another man desires much the same, and claims to worship God just the same. He too seems to be getting similar results from his life, but if you scratched a little deeper, you’d find more anxiety, less joy, and some cracks in the foundations.

Two things that look so similar have some fundamental differences. These must not be missed. What you worship will determine the outcome of your life, whther you like it or not. The man who worships God, will get contentment in all circumstances, because his satisfaction is God, not the outcomes of his life. The other man worships a life that works, and the outcomes are evident. This man sees hardships as opposition, he sees tough times as nothing more than annoying and useless – they fluster him. He serves the things that serve a life that works, and if God will help that happen, then he’ll take some of God.

However the cracks begin to show in the life that lives for the sole end of ensuring that it works. Because life doesn’t work, and a life that works is not something for us to engineer. We’d be much wiser to become the kind of people who can live well in a world where life seldom works the way we want it.

We should settle a few things up front:

  1. Life won’t work the way you want it. it may be better at time and worse at other times, but it won’t work the way you want it to. So…
  2. Embrace the present with faith. God is with you, cares about you and will give you what you need to deal with the challenges at hand, so…
  3. Face your challenges head-on. Don’t run away from challenges, because they will chase after you until you develop capacity to handle them, so…
  4. Grow your capacity to face and endure increasing levels of difficulty in life. Don’t run after difficult times, but don’t pretend they’re not happening, rather…
  5. Make the most of your challenges by using them to deepen your trust in Christ. Christ is expert at supporting us in our weakness so embrace him in moments of weakness.
  6. Remember Jesus. The biggest temptation is to believe that there is something similar but not as difficult as trusting Jesus wholeheartedly that will get the same results. Don’t believe the lie. Only Jesus will deliver longterm, eternal peace and joy that will bear the kind of fruit you’ve always wanted your life to bear!

Remember Jesus! Don’t be fooled by things that look the same but aren’t, Jesus makes all things authentic and real if we let him handle them…

 

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One thought on “A life that works, is that what you worship?

  1. Great article Rog. It’s such an easy area to get it wrong, especially when things are going well. I find the challenge is to live the good times in such a way that you’re building a solid foundation in a knowledge of & reliance in God, so as to be as prepared as possible for when the challenges come. Hopefully then we can face those challenges well, in a way that honours God.

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