As I was pondering, why am I here, what is my purpose in life, why did God create me? The closest thing I could come up with is that I am here (in existence, on earth, in this time period) for HIS (God’s) pleasure. Somehow the God of all the universe takes pleasure in me, HE delights in me. Maybe it’s as simple as a grandfather delighting in his grandchild. Having two grandchildren that IS something to which I can speak. My grandchildren don’t have to DO much for me to delight in them. And for some reason it doesn’t even matter their age! My 4 year old and my 14 year old are equally incredible to me.
To know God and to be known by God, to delight in each other, to love to be together, to walk as it were “in the cool of the day” as it was with Adam and Eve, this I think is the MAIN THING. So what about going to work, raising your family, going to church, serving in the community, paying your bills, surviving!, watching the Ducks football game, doing the grocery shopping, having people over for dinner, sharing your faith, helping to change the world… All good things, who is going to argue that (except maybe a Beaver!)? But where did I let go of the MAIN THING?
Did I ever really know what it was? Did I ever really come to a conclusion on it? Is it important that I do decide? I would say yes, yes and yes. It is important because know that I know, now that I’ve decided for me what the MAIN THING is, it is becoming easier and easier to “get back” to the MAIN THING as I live my life and get lost in the living in this world. It been said that although I’m in this world my citizenship is from on high. And how critical is it that I keep intimacy with my sovereign King while I am on this earthly trek. Herein lies the secret to “running the race”. I make sure daily that the MAIN THING is the MAIN THING and that gives me my spiritual food to endures these momentary light afflictions that are working for us a much greater weight of glory. That I might love HIM and be loved by HIM and that I might now love my neighbor with HIS kind of love and so walk in this life what Jesus felt was important.
For you see, soon the trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ shall raise and we who are alive shall be caught up in the air with HIM and forever more we shall be! And then what? I would suggest that WE will simply continue to keep the MAIN THING the MAIN THING!!!