2002-01-25 - What's the Bottom Line?
I'm a person with a "bottom-line mentality." Questions I often ask (sometimes mentally) are "What is the goal here? What is the root problem here? What will it take to resolve this to the satisfaction of all? What is the purpose of this person's actions, this program, this committee, whatever?" So it is no surprise that I would think that way about my faith, as well. What IS the bottom line of our Christian walk?
One clue would be in the answer to this question: Why were we created by God?
Isaiah 43:7 (NASB) Everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.
The Apostle Paul says this is to be a continuous experience for us, no matter where we are (home, golf course, work, school, movie theater), no matter what we are doing.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB) Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
It doesn't say "do all you do at church to the glory of God," or "do everything but your TV-watching or your sporting events to the glory of God." Paul instructs us to consider God's glory in every single thing we do.
When you are cheering on your sports team and someone makes what you think is a stupid mistake, do your attitudes and words reflect the glory of God? When someone cuts you off in traffic, does your response reflect the glory of God? When a family member or friend forgets to do something that is important to you, does your reaction reflect the glory of God? When someone makes fun of a person who looks "different," does your response reflect the glory of God, as that person reflects His image?
God's glory should be our foremost thought, every hour of every day. I challenge you to examine an hour of your life today or tomorrow. Think to yourself, "did my words or actions reflect God's glory?" We are truly, as Paul said, God's ambasadors. We represent Him. Let's not lose sight of that.