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ITíS NOT ABOUT YOU
By Francis Chan

Suppose you are an extra in an upcoming movie. You will probably scrutinize that one scene where hundreds of people are milling around, just waiting for that two-fifths of a second when you can see the back of your head. Maybe your mom and your closest friend get excited about that two-fifths of a second with youÖ maybe. But no one else will realize it is you. Even if you tell them, they wonít care.

Letís take it a step further. What if you rent out the theater on opening night and invite all your friends and family to come see the new movie about you? People will say, ďYouíre an idiot! How could you think this movie is about you?Ē

Many Christians are even more delusional than the person Iíve been describing. So many of us think and live like the movie of life is all about us. Now consider the movie of lifeÖ

God creates the world. Were you alive then?

Then people rebel against God (who, if you havenít realized it yet, is the main character in this movie), and God floods the earth to rid it of the mess people made of it.

Several generations later, God singles out a ninety-nine year-old man called Abram and make him the father of a nation. Did you have anything to do with this?

Later, along come Joseph and Moses and many other ordinary and inadequate people that this movie is also not about. God is the one who picks them and directs them and works miracles through them.

In the next scene, God sends judges and prophets to His nation because the people canít seem to give Him the one thing He asks of them: obedience.

And then, the climax: The Son of God is born among the people whom God still somehow loves. While in this world, the Son teaches His followers what true love looks like. Then the Son of God dies and is resurrected and goes back up to be with God.

And even though the movie isnít quite finished yet, we know what the last scene holds. Itís the throne room of God. Here every being worships God who sits on the throne, for He alone is worthy to be praised.

From start to finish, this movie is obviously about God. He is the main character. How is it possible that we live as though it is about us? Our scenes in the movie, our brief lives, fall somewhere between the time Jesus ascends into heaven and when we will all worship God on His throne in heaven.

We have only our two-fifths-of-a-second-long scene to live. I donít know about you, but I want my two-fifths of a second to be about my making much of God. ďSo whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of GodĒ (1st Corinthians 10:31). That is what each of our two-fifths of a second is about. So what does that mean for you?

Frankly, you need to get over yourself. It might sound harsh, but thatís seriously what it means. Maybe lifeís pretty good for you right now. God has given you this good stuff so that you can show the world a person who enjoys blessings, but who is still totally obsessed with God.

Or maybe life is tough right now, and everything feels like a struggle. God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard. Like the psalmist who wrote, ďI saw the prosperity of the wickedÖ Surely in vain have I kept my heart pureÖ When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of GodĒ (Psalm 73:3, 13, 16-17). It is easy to become disillusioned with the circumstances of our lives compared to othersí. But in the presence of God, He gives us a deeper peace and joy that transcends it all.

To be brutally honest, it doesnít really matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory Ė whether eating a sandwich on lunch break, drinking coffee at 12:04 a.m. so you can stay awake to study, or watching your four-month-old take a nap.

The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.

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