This basic, yet profound, question is posed by the musical group Switchfoot in their song, ‘This Is Your Life‘. Call it ‘taking inventory’, or call it ‘goal setting’, I think it is vital that every person ask the question, ‘Am I who I want to be?’.
As I read the Bible I get the distinct sense that God wants us to be a certain kind of person. Someone might protest, ‘Doesn’t God love us the way we are? Isn’t His love unconditional?’
God’s love is unconditional in the sense that there is nothing we can do to earn it. We are incapable gaining God’s favour through human effort. If God were to place before us conditions to meet, if He were to require from us a certain a level of morality to attain to, or a bar to reach, all of humanity would be in big trouble.
I fear, however, that those who talk about God’s ‘unconditional love’ aren’t speaking in these terms. I often get the sense, listening to folks who employ this phrase, that they mean to communicate that it doesn’t matter how we live. It doesn’t matter what we do, or don’t do. It didn’t matter in the past, it doesn’t matter now, nor does it matter in the future……because God’s love is unconditional.
I hear in the Scriptures something different. Everywhere I turn I hear the message: it does matter—it hugely matters how I lead my life. Again, I’m not talking about earning God’s favour. Rather, I’m talking about getting in step with God’s plan because, living in step with God’s plan is a much more fulfilling place for you and me than living outside of His purposes.
I am convinced that in order for me to be who I want to be, in order for me to be who I was designed to be, I need a close connection to Jesus Christ. Not only do I need to embrace and receive Christ, but I need to prefer Christ over all things.
I recently spoke about this and invite you to listen in.
Embracing Christ. Preferring Christ. This is the way of joy.
You can also listen to Switchfoot’s song, ‘This Is Your Life’.
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