Pink and black letters intertwine on the pale skin of my forearm. The edges are a little blurry, the black a bit faded, but the message is still clear. Two little words stand out against the canvas of my skin: “Perhaps Today.” These two little seemingly insignificant words are what I strive to live my life by.
For me, this phrase reminds me that perhaps today Jesus will return. We don’t know the day or hour of his return and it could be today. I want to remember this phrase always. It reminds me to think about if what I’m doing today is really going to matter if He returns. Is He going to tell me “Well done good and faithful servant” or is He going to say “Depart from me, I never knew you.”? I don’t know the answer to this question but I’m striving through His strength to live my life for Him.
He’s always watching what I’m doing. He knows if I’m disobeying his laws. Even if no one else knows, He does. And that is a terrifying thought. But, it’s also comforting.
He is my best friend. He’s the One I go to when I can’t bring myself to talk to anyone else. He holds me in His everlasting arms. He comforts me in a way that no one on earth has ever been able to do.
He inspires me every day. He’s blessed me with so many talents and blessings and my challenge every day is to figure out how to use them for His glory. Because that is what really matters in life: Glorifying God.
The first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism say this:
“What is the chief end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”
I memorized that saying as a child and it’s stuck with me through the years. No matter how old I get. No matter if I get famous or if I stay in oblivion. Glorifying God is what matters. That is the message that I want to spread throughout the world. I am not living this life or doing anything with my time for me. Everything that I’m doing is For the glory of God.
That’s why I sign all of my posts and emails with ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ which is Latin for: “To God alone be the glory.” This blog is not about me ultimately. It’s about spreading the gospel.
Probably the coolest thing about spreading the gospel is that I don’t have to write it out in every post. I totally could do that and talk about it more specifically. But, as a Christian, my entire life is a witness to the gospel. It proclaims what I believe. It is my duty to live a life that honors God. I will always try to be encouraging and respectful to everyone because that’s who we Christians are.
Our greatest example is Jesus. He lived a perfect life. But, He didn’t act like He was above anyone. He made Himself of no reputation. He congregated with sinners regularly. He didn’t care who the person was or what they had done with their life. He cared about them as people. He knew that they were lost. He knew that they needed a Savior. And, He is that Savior. He is my Savior. He saved me from a life of searching for something to fill that ‘God-shaped’ hole that is in my heart. He filled that hole. Everyone has that hole. That is the place in you that keeps you from feeling fulfilled or feeling like you’ve actually done something with your life. You can only be completely filled and satisfied by God.
I didn’t come to this realization overnight. It’s taken years of searching for my purpose in life to realize that I was looking for it in all the wrong places. My purpose is to ‘Glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.’
Perhaps today Jesus will return. Are you ready?
Soli Deo Gloria,