As followers of Jesus Christ – Christians, if you will – we have one end, one goal; and that goal is God himself. He is our hope, our satisfaction, our peace, our joy… and so much more. Our life is in Christ; our service is through the Holy Spirit to God’s glory; our message is Jesus Christ, and him crucified, reconciling the word to God. God is our end, our goal.
When we seek God, he alone should be our goal. When we serve God, he alone should be our master. When we draw near to God, we should do so for the single purpose of God himself. He is our reward, our treasure, our portion, our inheritance.
So, why do I hear so much language lately that seems to indicate that God has ceased being our end, and instead seems to indicate that God is but a means to an end.
In evangelism, we do not seek God, but bigger numbers. In finances, we do not seek God, but bigger budgets. In planning, we do not seek God, but more efficient programs. In missions, we do not seek God, but more converts. In social actions, we do not seek God, but better communities. In discipleship, we do not seek God, but better people and relationships. We want God’s help and God’s blessing, but we desire more than God himself.
Don’t misunderstand me, as we seek God and understand who he is and spend time in his presence and walk in his Spirit, we often realize many of the “blessings” above. But, these must not be our goals. When we seek God and something else, we usually end up with neither. Seek God and God alone, and allow him to choose what’s best and good for us – even if that means fewer numbers, smaller budgets, less programs, less converts, failing communities, and broken relationships.