Saturday, February 13, 2010

To Be With God is Better

Each and everyday we are bombarded with images and advertisements about being cool. We assume that if we behaved like this, wear that shirt, or drink this brand of soda we would be cool. This creates a desire in us to have and to pursue coolness, because that will make our lives better.

The trouble is that we could act like the “cool kids” act, we could wear the clothes the movie stars wear, and we could drink what Kobe Bryant tells us to drink, but that doesn’t determine our value. Our value is not determined by the friends we have, the family we were born into, the clothes we wear, or the hobbies that we have. Our value comes from the fact the God loves us.

We are created in the image of God, that means we have value. He not only created us, but He made us to resemble Him. That should give us meaning and value to our lives. God also created us for a purpose. We have a job to do, our lives are not meant to be boring or to be wasted. God has a purpose and a task for each and everyone of us. We are worth something because we are useful to God. But above all of that we have worth because God loves us.

Never doubt the love of God. There maybe times when you don’t feel God’s presence or love, but that doesn’t mean that it does not exist. The life and death of Jesus established once and for all that God loves people. Including you and me. Since God loves us that means we have value: no matter who we are or what we have done.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11; ESV)

Here is the point: to be with God is better than being “cool.” The apostle Paul at one time in his life was on the fast track. He had reason to brag, but when he met Jesus, he realized that there really was nothing to brag about. One day the fashions that you wear today will change, the beauty you depend on so much will fade, the talent you enjoy showing off will disappear, but God’s love will always be there. It is better to be in God’s will than to be in style. Be faithful to God, because someday everything else will be gone.

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