Recently someone sent me a link to a statement made by Glenn Beck on his radio program on June 18, following the tragic shootings at the church in Charleston, SC. In it he said something very challenging to the church in America:
“It’s time we take our light and stop hiding it. Stop being afraid of it. Why were you born? I — I think I’m just figuring out why I was born. Why were you born? There’s a reason all of us are here, and it’s not to watch TV. It’s not to work. It’s not to — it’s not just to gather more stuff. It’s not to go on vacation and have fun. It’s not to climb the corporate ladder. It’s none of those things. We were born so miracles could happen through us. I really truly believe we were born so we could — we could show the power of God. That he would be working through us. Right now, we’re — we either don’t have any light, or it’s so dim in all of us, it’s just — it’s just in tradition. You go to church just because, well, I don’t know, my parents went there. That’s why people are leaving our churches. Because that’s not enough. Who cares. Who cares about tradition like that. Who wants to go for that reason. Donald Trump said yesterday, no, I’m very Christian. I go to church, definitely on Easter and Christmas. You know why? Because you don’t get anything out of it. Because nobody is putting it into action. It’s all a bunch of words. Why were you born? I think God raised us up, that he could show his power in us and that we might declare his name.” (Source: Glennbeck.com)
Have you ever asked God why He made you? What purpose He had in mind when He created you specifically? What His plan was that He wanted to accomplish through you? Acts 13:36 says that “David served God’s purpose in his own generation.” That is what I want to be said of me as well. My life mission statement that I crafted several years ago says:
I will live my life joyfully, full of God’s love and in the right balance and priorities, as a light of God’s truth, to encourage, lead and inspire others to grow and fulfill their life’s purpose by loving God fully and discovering and becoming who He created them to be.
So as Glenn says, why were you born? What’s the point? How are you stewarding what God gave you? Not just your money, but your time and your very life as well? How much time do you spend doing things that will amount to anything beyond this life?
“What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what He wants you to do. Then He will give you all these other things you need.“ (Matthew 6:33 ERV)