The Point of Life, Jesus

The Point of Life, Jesus (What are we living for?)

By Erin Lamb

December 27, 2011

Job 12:10 In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. 

Acts 17:28 Certainly, we live, move, and exist because of Him. As some of your poets have said, We are God’s children. 

In Him we find all that we need. He holds life, the very breath of life in the palm of His hands.

The purpose of our existence, are you ready, is to know God, to have relationship with God, to love Him, to worship Him, and display His glory. We are also championed to reign on planet earth, the dominion He gave mankind (bringing heaven to earth). You may say well isn’t God a bit self-centered. He can afford to be self-centered; He is God. Everything that He created was designed to display His glory, His splendor, and His majesty. He is the Creator. No one stands above Him. Everything points to Him. Jesus is the point of life and the reason for our being. 

Since the creation of man, the devil has worked diligently to make the point of life everything but what it was intended to be. The devil has presented man with the following reasons for living;

∙Knowledge (intelligence and the quest for superior knowledge)
∙Self (man must focus on himself and meeting his own needs)
∙Sex (and lots of it)
∙Relationships with people (they are far more valuable than a relationship with God)
∙The approval of people (we need their approval to be happy)
∙Money (the more you have, the better off you are)
∙Material things (we have to have the very best of everything)
∙Food (the more the better)
∙Pleasure (serve what feels good)
∙Talent (the gifts are to be worshiped and praised)
∙Ambitions (seek them, work for them), Work (keeping working until exhaustion), Status/fame/power
∙Beauty (if we are not deemed beautiful then we will do crazy things to obtain a standard of beauty or define our worth by someone’s standard other than God’s)
∙Youth (the younger the better)
∙Ministry (ministering to people and discipling them is a call of a follower of Jesus, but when doing for God replaces being with God, ministry can become an idol.)
∙Comfort (we want a life free of conflict, troubles, and adversity. Jesus told us we would face these things.)

If God is number one, there is no number two. If He is the center of our lives, then everything we do is for Him, and everything we have belongs to Him. When we leave this earth we will not be taking any of our houses, cars, family, friends, stuff, spouses, pets, money, etc… with us. Though our family members may be there, our relationship with them will be as sons and daughters of God. There is no marriage in heaven, no making babies, and our functions will be to love and honor God. We will be invited into a Kingdom where our role is to worship Him, love Him, be in relationship with Him, and reign with Him. This scripture reveals what heaven will be like, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God,” (Rev 21:3).

The fact is, it is not about us. It is all about Jesus. It is not about stuff; it is all about Jesus. It is not about being comfortable, happy, and having all our desires met; it’s all about Jesus. He is the reason we are alive. He is what we are living for.

The point of life is Jesus. Plain and simple. If we make Him the source of our happiness, then we can never be disappointed. If we make things, created things and created beings, the source of our happiness we will always be disappointed. Eventually the newness wears off any new thing and we realize that anything we place in the role of God for us leads to destruction. If there is anything we say we can’t live without that is not Jesus, then we have fallen into the enemy’s trap. If our happiness is rooted in any other place, it can be easily shaken. He is our only true hope for bliss, King Jesus.

I hope that as we approach a New Year (2012), the focus is Jesus. He is the only reason for living. He is the point of life. Everything else pales in comparison. This world and all its troubles and bliss will fade away. All that will remain is His Kingdom where He reigns forever! It’s all about Jesus.

“Abba fill us with awe for You, the reason for life. Help us to keep our eyes firmly focused on You. It all comes from You. It is all for You. Thank you for what You have given us in You. We can never repay Your love. May we rest in Your promises, Your joy, Your hope, and Your wisdom. May we seek first the Kingdom of God and all Your righteousness, for there is where we find life and the true reason for living. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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Redemption, So Much Better Than Perfection

Redemption, So Much Better Than Perfection

By Erin Lamb

December 14, 2011

Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. 

Isaiah 61:10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.

I don’t know about you, but these verses light up my spirit. God summons us by name. God gives us His treasures, riches, and He clothes us with righteousness. We are also clothed in salvation. We are not only saved from the curse of sin. We are saved, healed, and delivered from the powers of darkness. We are also in the process of being healed and delivered. That is worth celebrating and believing. So, why do we have a hard time believing it? Well, I believe it’s not only due to unbelief, but also to the dreaded issue of perfectionism. Life teaches us that those who are perfect are better than those with imperfections. We are taught from early age to do everything perfectly, as we are told. If we don’t, we are punished, go unrecognized, or are considered less than. So we trick ourselves into believing that God can’t love us unless we get it together. We believe the lies that say we need to be perfect in order to be approved of. In the world, yes, perfection is praised. In God’s eyes, redemption is so much better than perfection. Perfection was achieved in one man, Jesus. He then offered us as His family the ability to wear His Robe of Righteousness. So when God looks at us, it is through the eyes of love, and He sees us wearing Christ’s righteousness. Yes, obedience is important, but what is more important is the realization that we rely on His righteousness. He knows that we are not perfect. He wants us to realize that the perfect One lives in us. So we allow Him to shine through us. There is no condemnation, guilt, or shame. There is a deepening of a relationship with the One who paved the way, points which way to go, heals, forgives, and He does the rebuilding in us.

Dreaded Perfectionism: Perfectionism says, “I need to be perfect in order to feel good about myself.” Perfectionism is self abuse. The truth is none of us are perfect. We serve, love, and submit to the One who is. He is more concerned with developing a deep intimate relationship with us, than our performing or striving to be perfect. Our approval was already given. Our redemption was already purchased. His love is never ending.

Excellence vs. Perfectionism: It is wonderful to want to do things right, well, and accurately. That is called excellence. Perfectionism is a counterfeit of excellence. Perfectionism says, “If I am not perfect or perform perfectly or meet certain standards, then I am worthless or (fill in the blank with some negative or condemning words).” Excellence says, “I want to do things well, but if I fail that does not determine my worth, value, or approval from God.” Excellence is wonderful. Perfectionism is harmful.

Maybe, if you’re like me you have encountered people who are highly critical throughout your life. They seem to point out every little flaw you have and make it a big deal for you to fix it immediately. They have criticized you to the point where you’ve only felt comfortable if you were doing everything perfectly right. Or maybe you have just given up trying because of excessive unconstructive criticism and feedback. Well, forget what they say (easier said than done). Their opinion is not important. The only opinion that matters is Jesus’ opinion. It doesn’t mean you don’t listen to wise counsel, but it does mean that you don’t allow another person’s critical spirit to destroy you. God loves you just as you are. He will never stop loving you. He knew what He was getting into when He called you into relationship with Him. Perfection was achieved already with Jesus. Link your life tightly with His, and He will make the necessary changes in you. It isn’t about performing or striving or working to be perfect. It’s about resting in Him. Resting in what Jesus has already done.

People by nature like to pick out what is wrong with everything. God by nature likes to point out what is right. So live loved!

Redemption is so much better than perfection.

Love,

An imperfect person serving a perfectly loving and amazing God!