The Big Picture

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17.28

What does the big picture of your life look like to you? Do you see yourself as one of God’s own whose only purpose in life is to glorify Him, or do you see yourself as living each day simply to meet the needs and wants of your own life. What God wants doesn’t really matter.

Paul said in Philippians 1.21: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” When you think about Paul’s life, do you see any evidence that his purpose was to “live” in Christ rather than please himself? His repeated jail house experiences and the abuse and beatings at the hands of his enemies might cause us to say, “Paul, why don’t you just give up and stop being so bold for Christ?” His reply would be, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Paul uses three words of action here: (1) live, (2) move, and (3) have our being. What did Paul mean by the term “move”? Could he possibly mean that he was constantly aware that he was in God’s presence, whether he was in jail, in the synagogue, or preaching somewhere on the street? I certainly think so.

To “have our being” in Christ means that everything about us is controlled by the Lord Himself. That requires of us that we have a fresh surrender of ourselves to the Lord on a daily basis. When I surrender, I have no more options left. I place EVERYTHING in God’s hands and let Him direct my path. May I ask, is this something that you have done or are willing to do – starting today? The Big Picture of our lives places us directly in the center of God’s view and directly under God’s supervision.

Let’s agree with God that it is our desire to “live and move and have (my) being.” Just my thoughts …

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