One of the things that I tried to drive home Sunday was the idea that our lives only make sense in the context of a bigger picture and story. While this may sound like a broad idea or some kind of philosophical theory it actually has tremendous implications for day to day life. When we try to write our own story with ourselves at the center we enter into the realm of futility. Anything we grab onto to attempt to find meaning and significance for us and our story will not hold up.
Think of the things you pursue to make you or your life feel significant. Maybe its being needed by your kids or worshiped by your parents. Maybe its your career, your possessions, your vacations or your connections with people of influence that make you feel like important. Maybe its some pleasure that makes life seem worth living- food, sex, relationships, etc.
How much substance is involved in these things? How real is the significance that we try to milk out of these aspects of our lives? How long do these feelings of significance last?
Our little world- our feeble attempts to write a story with us at the center are just that- feeble. It is God's story of displaying His glory throughout all the universe and throughout all of history that has real significance.
It is only when we put our story under His story and embrace the small part He has given us the privilege to play that we find freedom and fulfillment. Part of the death and resurrection we experience at conversion is a death of our old ambitions to write our own story and a resurrection to the glorious story that God is writing.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. -2 Corinthians 5:14-15