Ever since the day I finally gave up, I’ve been living a little differently than before. In that the truth has truly set me free. But I’ve been trying to figure out the balance of what is living for myself, and what is living for God? Or, is there supposed to be a balance?
I’ve put a great deal of thought into it in the last while. How can I live to the fullest of myself for God?
Of course, God wasn’t hanging around laughing at my confusion. As a fact he plopped this bit of advice in my Google+ feed recently. Actually, it is part of a whole post, but this is the part that jumped out and hit me in the face.
“We are not living for ourselves. It is no longer “my life” but Christ in us and through each of us. We are not just living for our own pleasure. That reality should be a constant companion to all our thoughts, ideas and choices.” ~Sergey Kravets
So yes, there IS a balance. Except, this time it means that the scale is tipped the whole way… in God’s direction.
The things you’ve been thinking about that you should do more of are probably, “I need to read my Bible more”, “I should spend more time in prayer”, etc. And all of those things are very good. The problem is that tons of people pray or read their bible a lot, but are not living life to the fullest that they were created to.
I believe it all lies in our focus. Our direction. How we live in the mundane of everyday life. As the quote above states, “That reality should be a constant companion to all our thoughts, ideas, and choices“. If we are not committed in our hearts and minds, taking physical action (such as reading the Bible) to “balance” things out, will do little to no good.
15 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 10:15 KJV)
Being paranoid that every last little thing you do isn’t about yourself, is not good; you wouldn’t be able to do some things that are perfectly fine. I encourage you though, to step back and evaluate for a minute the things that you do and the things that you want to do. Is it somewhat for yourself? Mostly for yourself? For the benefit of other people and ultimately the Kingdom of God?
We live in a VERY self-focused culture. It all looks tempting. But let’s remember that while we as Christians are very much in this world, we are not of the world. Jesus was the perfect example of an others-focused person. At it’s very core, that’s what true love really is.
Whether or not you’re doing things for yourself, others, or God, just remember who your greatest audience really is. Live it for Him.