It’s not about us
“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.” — Francis Chan
Sometimes God is doing something in your life for others to see. Your life is part of a greater story that He is weaving, a bigger picture. Sometimes the things that are happening in our life are not just for our own living and experience but for those around us. God uses our lives to demonstrate His reality and grace.
We are called to know Him and make Him known.
Jesus said to his disciples Lazarus is dead and for your sake I am glad so that you may believe.
At the tomb entrance Jesus prayed I have said this for the benefit of the people standing here, so that they may believe you sent me””
In the prison where Paul and Silas were chained and singing – the other prisoners were listening. Paul and Silas’ captivity just wasn’t about them but it was part of the bigger picture.
What does this say about me?
“You’re either going to live your life defined by what you go through or by Who you belong to.” @Stevenfurtick
Jesus said in this life you WILL have trouble, but trouble does not need to define you or discourage you. You can rise because Jesus is risen. You can have hope because God is faithful to His promises. You can be joyous because God is at work. You can have peace because God gives peace despite what is going on around us.
My choice is to say YES to God and to believe.
Those dark days may be the most richest, character forming, life changing of your life. They certainly were for Lazarus, for his sisters, for his community, for the disciples.
Jesus did something remarkable through Lazarus’ life and death that was on centre stage for everyone to see. Lazarus’ death and then resurrection were for all to see. They were part of a greater story that God was weaving.