My Anthem and My Only Song
ANTHEM: (noun) A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause
“Lord, to make You known, its my anthem and my only song, this life is not my own, in all I do, I do it unto You”.
What is the “anthem” of your life? what “song” would those around you, such as family, friends, co-workers, children, say is the song they hear you sing loudest? I’m not talking about what popular tune you sing as loud as you can in the shower. I’m talking about purpose and identity here.
Let me first admit before going any further that the chorus lyrics in our new original song Known are a prayer of mine, a desire of mine to live these words out. I wish I could say that I always lived this way, but I don’t. Simply realizing that the world doesn’t revolve around us is step one. We are some selfish creatures, let me tell you. The next step of God’s beautiful revelation to each of us is that not only are we selfish and the world is not for us, but for Him.
We were created for Him. The world for Him. We exist to bring glory to God. Its a simple but profound truth.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Does this mean we quit our current jobs and look to change our circumstances somehow? Of course not. God is glorified when seek Him, love Him, become more like Him and desire this for others. If we are resisting His will for our lives and following sinful ways of living, then yes, maybe some life change does need to happen. However, the main point here is our mindset & motivation. There is a distinct difference in living a life pursuing personal accolades and successes than a life that humbly says “in success and in failure, let my life bring God glory”.
Do you look at your life as your own OR not your own? Sometimes it feels like truly the only thing we have control over is our own life. As out of control and crazy as the world seems, are you guilty of thinking “well all I can do is control my own life?” I am for sure guilty of this. But may we realize that our very lives are not our own. They were bought with the precious blood of Christ on a cross for our forgiveness, for our freedom, that we might live as God our Creator desires us to live. What would it look like for you to simply commit your day to the Lord in prayer? …to say out loud that whatever the day brings, “Lord I do it unto You”.
One of my favorite voices today on worship is Tim Timmons. Maybe you remember Tim when He came to lead Westtown twice back in 2013-14. I read a blog He writes called 10,000minutes about how there are 10,080 minutes in a week. We spend approximately 80 minutes together in church but what about the other 10,000 minutes. How do we worship the Lord with our lives during that huge amount of time each week. He recently has been emphasizing that “wherever you are, BE there with Jesus”. A mindset different from Jesus going with me wherever I go, rather, we follow where He is. If we live unto the Lord, I believe we become more attune to where He is, that we then may follow Him.
None of us have this down perfectly.
Don’t be discouraged. Only Jesus has ever been able to perfectly live unto His Father, but thankfully He stands as our example of how to live. Let the glory of God resound in your life that others “hear” an anthem so loud that they want to sing along!