The life I have always wanted begins with, ends with, and is for God’s glory. Not the misaligned life nor the much maligned life, but the much aligned life. That’s what I’ve set my heart on for I know there is a life that God offers through Christ that is the life I’ve always wanted to live.
We give thanks to God for coming to save us through the life, sacrifice, and atonement of Jesus Christ. But how much more impactful is God’s gift if we not only receive Christ by faith, but then submit ourselves to the alignment of God’s purpose as the Holy Spirit leads us into God’s truth and our life and purpose are then shaped by our obedience to God’s commands? Being aligned with Christ means being about God’s purpose for God’s glory, not our own.
Can you remember hearing a term entitled, the Jupiter Effect? I remember the Jupiter Effect warnings back in the early 80’s as we were on the eve of an astronomical and celestial event that only occurs every 20 years – planetary alignment of all those in all solar system on the same side of the sun. We learned in 1982 that when all the planets in our solar system are aligned in roughly a straight line on one side of the sun that a most amazing thing happened…nothing! No catastrophes, no earthquakes or tidal waves, nothing out of the ordinary occurred.
The point is that we live in ambiguous days of personal interpretation when it comes to alignment. Scores would declare that they are aligned with Christ and the Church, yet have no interest or passion around living life God’s way or for God’s glory as the priority of their life. So the alignment they claim is positional, and possibly relational, however it is devoid of directional momentum and impact to build God’s Kingdom as God desires. The answer? Take some time to check your alignment and ultimately the impact of your alignment, plus your momentum for God’s purpose. Then you will have examined a metric based on impact rather than just a static position. Let the Holy Spirit lead you as we share the joy of being with Christ who is risen and live the life you have always wanted!