Why are you here?
Have you ever wondered why you are where you are on this very day? You should, because God has ordained (insert your full name here) into this world for a reason. Want to know what that reason is?
It’s simply this: To make God’s presence known in the world. In other words, your purpose in this exact time and place is to glorify God.
Sounds easy, right? But if it is so easy, then why do we wrestle with it so much?
In his book “Forgotten God,” Francis Chan remarks how tired he is of not seeing the Holy Spirit in proclaimed Christians — including himself. If we claim to be filled with the Holy Spirit, how come we do not see a dramatic difference in one another?
I agree — I’m tired of not seeing the Spirit within us, moving in us and giving us the boldness and courage to live out a transformed life as we are called to have.
The apostle Paul tells the church in Ephesus “…we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.” (Ephesians 2:10, CEB, emphasis mine).
The way we live our lives is designed by God– “planned,” Paul says — to be good, to do good. Our very acts — the way we live our lives — were meant to be good. And that is how we glorify God.
Glorifying God is our very calling, first and foremost. How it manifests itself in our lives and how it becomes visible to others is dynamic; it changes. One thing is for certain though: Our callings are not one and done. These callings are not a past thing, a has-been; instead, they are new each morning, and they continue throughout our lives.
God flat-out tells the Israelites who have been exiled to Babylon to forget about the callings of the past, and look to the now and to the future.
Listen to the prophet Isaiah: “Don’t remember the prior things; don’t ponder ancient history; Look, I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it?” (Isaiah 43:19 CEB).
On this very day, in the place that you stand right now, know this: God has a purpose for you, and it’s your job to explore, discern, seek and question it. Pray about where God wants to take you today! Because God doesn’t want to take you back to yesterday or last year; God doesn’t want to do an old thing. God wants to create an amazing new thing through you — something “good.” That’s the plan; that’s the reason we are here.
And this is how we glorify — make known — our awesome and ever-loving God.
Christopher Passante is the pastor at Mount Nittany United Methodist Church in State College, and he is leading a six-week Spirituality in Nature gathering in various locations Saturday mornings throughout Centre County beginning July 13. For more information, email Pastor Chris at email@example.com or search Facebook for Centre Spirituality