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Relax it's not about you!

15/11/17 - Andrew Seedhom

Getting out of bed, all the things I need to do are already in the forefront of my mind.

I feel like there is a lot more to do than there is hours in the day to do them. Work has demands, I want to spend quality time with my family, I have a pile of books I need to read and then there’s the finances to juggle. After all I have my little Kingdom to grow.

Day by day this grind can suck the life out of me and sometimes by the time I ‘sit’ at church on Sunday morning my headspace seems to be so distracted with everything I still need to do.

Sin tries to make me live my life as if it is all about me. I become self-centred, looking to my own interests above everyone else’s. My own glory becomes my main priority and I never feel like I have enough, leaving me running around frantically to increase it.

I need to relax and realise it’s not about me!

So what does it look like to relax?

Well I don’t relax in a passive sense, just giving up and saying “oh well it’s all about God and His glory, so I’ll just play out the hand I’ve been dealt”. No, I need to relax actively in the comfort that my God is in control and He calls me to be a part of what He is doing in this world.  To realise that my life is not about me and my own glory but about God and His Glory.

Now that might not instantly seem like a relief, but hear me out.

When we live for God’s Glory, we will depend on Him for all we need. We will realise that He is the one who is all knowing so we don’t need to be. We realise that He is the one who is all powerful, so we don’t need to be. We realise that He is the one who holds all things, so we don’t need to.

We can stop being afraid of failure as we realise that we are not finished projects, but are being shaped for His Glory.

It stops us from taking ourselves too seriously as we realise that He is creator and we are His creatures.

It stops us from running around frantically as if it all depended on us, and helps us to relax and pray knowing that it all depends upon Him.

We daily need to remind ourselves as we read the scriptures that we are not saved by ourselves for our own glory but that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone and it is all to the Glory of God alone.

 

Soli Deo gloria,

Andrew Seedhom