Displaying His Plan

The Biggest Loser is a pretty fascinating show.  I don’t watch it much but I have watched it enough to get the premise.  The Biggest Loser started in 2004.  The object of the show is pretty simple.  They take overweight people, in some cases extremely overweight, and through exercise and healthy eating, help them lose as much weight as possible in about 8-10 weeks.  People are losing massive amounts of weight.  The record for most weight lost in a season is 264 lbs.  Michael Ventrella started the show weighing in at 526 lbs.  When the season ended he weighed 262 lbs.  He lost half is body weight.  The results were pretty easy to see.

Google Michael Ventrella and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s the point.  Just as the results of massive weight loss are easy to see, so should be the results of having a relationship with Christ.  If you are a Christ follower, it should be evident to others.  A relationship with Christ has to make a difference in our lives.  That’s right, I said has to.  In fact the Bible says, actually Jesus says, that if you truly have a relationship with Him you cannot hide it.  It will be seen.

Matthew 5:13-16,13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

This is the beginning of what is called the Sermon on the Mount.  The Sermon on the Mount is the longest recorded message that we have from Jesus Christ.  It takes up chapters 5, 6 & 7 of Matthew.  To paraphrase this passage, Jesus is simply saying that if you know Christ as your Savior, you have the Light in you.  If you have the Light in you, it cannot be hidden.  Just like a light from a city on the hill cannot be hidden, so to the Light within a Christ follower cannot be hidden.

I grew up in Cincinnati, OH. I don’t get to go home to Cincinnati very often, but when I do I love going into the city at night.  If you haven’t seen it at night let me explain.  When you are about to reach the city, you have to come over a mountain in Kentucky.  This location is referred to as “The Cut in the Hill.”  Before you cross the bridge leading into downtown Cincinnati, you are at the top of the hill.  From here you can see all of downtown easily.  At night it’s pretty awesome.  Cincinnati is not necessarily a large city but it sure does look like it is at night.

This is how we should appear as a Christ follower.  People should notice right away that there is something different about us.  Not because we are better.  But because we know Christ.  And because we know Him, we should want others to know Him too.  It’s not about us being noticed.  It’s about other people noticing Him through our actions.

Look at Matthew 5:16 again.  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” People should see us, but notice Christ through us.

That’s why 1 Peter 1:15-16 are so important.

1 Peter 1:15-16, “but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Our conduct, or our behavior, should point others to Christ.  That’s why God gives us gifts and talents.  He gives those talents to us so that we can use them to glorify Him.  Max Lucado writes in The Cure for the Common Life, “God endows us with gifts so we can make Him know.  Period.” (pg5)

What gifts do you have?  Are you using them to glorify God?

Spend a few minutes reflecting on your gifts and ways you can glorify God through those gifts.

So, our conduct is pretty important.  It’s vital to our witness.  What other people see us do is crucial.  Take a look at what Peter says in 1 Peter 2.

1 Peter 2:15, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”

So with our actions or behavior, we can silence people who try to harm us with foolish words.  Our actions are that powerful.  How have your actions and behavior been lately?  Have they brought glory to God?  Or have they hurt your witness?

Let’s recap.  We never again have to wonder if we have a purpose.  We know that God has a plan for us.  We are not an accident.  God created each of us with a specific plan in mind.  You may not know right now specifically what that plan or purpose is.  But in time, as you continue to follow Christ, He will REVEAL it to you.  First and foremost, we know that ultimately His plan for us is to know Him.  He desires to have a relationship with everyone.  Once we accept Him, He changes us.  We may not look different but we are to act different.  We now belong to Him.  We must live like it.

Then, as followers of Christ, we continue to pursue Him.  Knowing that He will REVEAL to us through our passions what He would have us to do.  Once we discern our passion, we use it to make Him known to those around us.  It’s not just something we ought to do.  It’s something we must do.  If Christ is truly in us, we have no choice but to make Him known to others.  So, whatever it is you do, make sure you do it to glorify God.

Look at how John Piper writes it in Don’t Waste Your Life,

We waste our lives when we do not pray and think and dream and plan and work toward magnifying God in all spheres of life, God created us for this  to live our lives in a way that makes Him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that He really is. (pg 32)

Don’t waste your life, God created you for more than that.  He created you to discover your purpose by following your passions and putting it on display to make much of Him.

So there you have it.  That is God’s plan for you and for me.  His will is that we would know Him and that we would make Him known to others.  That you and I would “be holy because He is holy.”

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