He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:14 (NIV).
My daughter got married over the weekend. The dress, the cake, the dancing, the reception, the walk down the aisle: it was time for the whole shootin match. If I do say so, it was a great party where everyone (over 150 people) had a wonderful time. Check out the Youtube of just before the bride walked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LDOH8OB3hI
But big fancy weddings aren’t why we’re here.
And over the weekend, too, we also had a party for my wife, who has a milestone birthday this month. At the VRBO we rented, a large group of family and friends gathered to celebrate her birthday, our fellowship, and just enjoying life (and Texas barbecue) together. Again, if I do say so, it was another great time, a great birthday bash!
But that’s not why we are here.
Big parties, our jobs, our churches, shopping at the mall (or at the grocery store), working hard in school, the next big vacation: none of those are why you and I are here. We are called to enjoy life and to be good stewards of all the things that God gives us to do. We are motivated, even inspired, to do our best in all things, and that is a good thing, even a Godly thing.
But NONE of those are what we are called to in this life. In all of them, we can indeed give glory to God, and we can even share in His glory through doing them. But make no mistake about it: we aren’t called to DO things here just for the sake of doing them. We aren’t called to simply live, even if living means a rich, full, eventful, or moral life.
We are called to serve in God’s kingdom through faith in Jesus. We are called to believe in Jesus in everything we do. We are called to share this belief, this faith in His saving death and resurrection, by living it out. We are called through the gospel, given to men like Paul, Matthew, Peter, John and others, to share Jesus with what we say and do so that others who don’t know – or reject – Him might come to know Him too (and then repeat the cycle with even more others). In doing these things, we share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ because that’s how we do the work of the God who sent Him.
I loved the wedding; I loved the party. I love time with family, friends, and even strangers. But without Jesus, they’re just meaningless events. There’s no morality without Jesus, nothing good. Involving Him transforms life into something more, something meaningful, something we are called to live.
For further reading: Romans 8:28, 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:15.
Lord Jesus, thank You for faith, for letting me share You in all these ways.