As I'm talking with people here in Slovenia, the question "what are you doing here?" comes up pretty frequently. Well, today's post attempts to answer that by explaining why I'm not here. I'll continue with some wise words from Paul again, from I Corinthians 1:17, via The Message.
God didn't send me to collect a following for myself, but to preach the message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn't send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center -- Christ on the cross -- be trivialized into mere words.
Can I get an amen? Often I get caught up in what people think of me, wanting a
Niki fan club nice group of friends to humbly cheer me on. But if I gain what I think I want, then I miss out on what I'm actually here.
I'm not here because I'm a "super Christian". I'm not here to make me known. I'm not here for a European vacation. I'm not here to do God a favor.
I am here because I once prayed [something like] this to God:
Lord, I'm so done with trying to satisfy this longing inside of me with what this world has to offer. It's a dead-end, life-sucking road that leads to disaster. Change me into the person you want me to be. Give me your heart for the people in this world, let me see others through your eyes. Use me to reach people. Here am I, send me.
I'm here, not just in Slovenia but on this earth in general, because I want my life to be about making Jesus famous. Because I want to tell the world, tell 'em everywhere I go [holla, Lecrae]. And not tell them, as Paul says, with fancy words or Christianese. But just by sticking to the basics.
I'll leave you with the music video for one of my fav songs from my favorite Christian rapper. And no, that's not an oxymoron.