There’s a famous quote, “The most important things in life aren’t things.” This is so true. Unfortunately, in America we live as if things are the most important thing. In the church and out – we emphasize natural successes above nearly everything else. From an early age we educate our children so that they will be successful. I’m all for education and literacy, but because our motive is that they would be “successful”, we start them on a cycle of futility that will never satisfy. It looks something like this: We want them to do well in grade school so they can get into college. We send them to college to get a good degree. They get a good degree to get a good job. They get a good job to make a lot of money. They make a lot of money to buy a nice house and start a family so that they can have kids, send them to school and hopefully to college to get a good degree. What’s the point?
There’s more to life than making a lot of money. I’m writing primarily to young adults who have the voices of success pressuring you to be successful in this life. I’m telling you that the most important thing in life isn’t natural success, a degree, a lot of money, or any natural achievement.
The most valuable things in life cannot be bought. They aren’t assessed by a dollar amount. How do you value faithfulness or loyalty? What the appraisal on love or mercy? You can’t buy real friends or loving relationships. Money can’t buy the most valuable things in life. Money is a tool, nothing more. All of the priceless things in life are added to us as we pursue the most important thing.
So what is the most important thing about life? Perhaps it’s an understanding more than a thing. Life isn’t primarily about what you do or what you get. There’s a reason you’re here beyond any job you’ll ever hold or any earthly relationship you’ll ever make. Those things are important because they always speak to us of the most important thing, but they aren’t the most important thing. Once you land the most important thing everything else is just details. Here it is, you are here for one reason and one reason alone: Knowing God. The entirety of your life is about intimacy with Him. Settle it, you were constructed by your Creator with this one end in mind – To Know Him.
This is the lens that we must have if we are to make any sense of life. When you understand life is about knowing God, whether you are naturally successful or not doesn’t matter. You know it’s not about the amount of money in your bank account but the amount of revelation of God in your heart.
If life is about knowing God, our entire approach to life must change. It can’t be about how naturally successful we can be. It must be about how do we know Him more? There is an ocean of abandonment awaiting you in the pursuit of God. Too many are locked down, doing what’s “expected” of them while untold possibilities of encountering God are available for all who will inquire.
I’m calling you out of the status quo. Don’t settle down into an American mold of what is acceptable. Allow the Lord to direct you into a thrill ride of encounter. There’s no telling where God will lead you if you’ll allow Him to fully author your journey. Through pursuing the knowledge of God as your primary thing, God will direct you down paths you never would’ve chosen yourself. I know young people who started off pursuing the “American Dream” who are now pursuing “A Heavenly Calling” in places they never dreamed they’d go. Will you allow God to call you into the wild unknown of knowing Him? It’s what your life is really all about. I’m challenging you to take the plunge. Because knowing God is the most important thing about life.