By: Pastor Marcio Sierra
A great problem that people have today is the fact that many live for themselves instead of living their lives for God. Many people spend the majority of their days sad because things don’t go the way they hoped. Others live depressed lives because they don’t have what they desire or angry because people don’t do things the way they want. In some homes, places of employment, the church, etc. unity has been lingering away and it has been replaced by division and fighting that is caused by an attitude that say “my things should come first or are more important than yours.”
In the book of Colossians 1:16 we find the solution to this problem:
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
“All things were created through Him and for Him.” This is the key that we need to possess and understand so that we do not fall into the same trap of the enemy. This passage tells us that we were not created for ourselves but for the glory of God. We were created so that He can rejoice and delight in us, so that He will receive the honor, so that His will would be done and no ours.
If we spend more time focusing in what God, the Potter, desires, and less time focusing in what we, the clay, want, we would live happier lives; lives full of joy and peace.
In Romans 8:6 the Word of God tells us:
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
To be carnally minded means to focus on our own desires, our own pleasures, our own emotions, feelings, etc. To be spiritually minded refers to the things of God. This is a great battle since “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41. What we need to understand is that one is death and the other is life and peace; life abundant.
In Matthew 16:25 we read:
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
What is God telling us with these words? God is telling us that if “self” becomes the focus of our lives, we will lose our life, but if we lose our life for Him, then we will live. In other words, if we surrender our plans, desires, passions, etc. to do the plans, desires, passions, etc. of God, then our lives will truly be lives that are worth living. Lives of peace, joy, tranquility, wholeness, love, and much more; an abundant life.
Ephesians 1:11-12 says:
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.”
Since before you and I were born, God had a destiny, a purpose, a plan, for each one of our lives; that we “should be to the praise of His glory.” You are God’s creation created to please Him. The purpose of your life created by God to bring glory to Himself. When we switch the focus and we put ourselves as the focus instead of God, we stray away from the plan that God has for us and we enter a carnal plan that is full of sin, sadness, pain, worry, hurt, fear, and much more. Adam and Eve lived a beautiful life until they stopped focusing on what God wanted and started to focus on what they desired. The Israelites spent 40 years in the desert because they did not want to follow the will of God but rather chose their own comfort on the other side of the Jordan. The story continues today. Thousands of people live their lives trying to live for themselves without realizing that it does not bring about anything good. Decide today that you will no longer live for yourself but rather you will live to fulfill the purpose for which you were created; to bring joy to God by doing His will and not your own. When you do so, you will be able to declare just like Paul; “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20