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JULIE WELLS: We should pray to be more holy, not happy

Consider this quote from Christian author and speaker Pastor Paul David Tripp. “We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”

How many times have we been in situations and prayed that God would just take away the hurt or just get us through that moment we are in?

I know I’ve done that many times in my life. I can remember those instances of being in turmoil or distress that I would pray for Jesus just to get me through that very moment of weakness. I realize now how selfish my prayers can be.

We experience life at His mercy and grace, and yet we take such advantage of being completely selfish in our requests to an all-loving God.

Here’s the thing, we all lose sight of what we were put on this earth for. We’ve become entirely too busy and too involved with things and self. We are too busy for our own good.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to live this way. He died so that we would realize what unconditional love was and continues to be. He died because He loves us and desires for everyone to come to know, love and accept Him and so that we can live with Him forever.

He died so that we could choose life and not death.

However, He does want us to live a holy life. He wants us to not conform to this world. He wants us to not be so intertwined with this world that people can’t tell His kids apart from everyone else.

We are a chosen people and we are called to be a light in this world. Plain and simple.

We can’t effectively do that unless we die to ourselves daily, and turn it all over to Him. We can’t begin to see past our own selfish desires until we realize that when things happen in our lives it is to “wipe away” more of ourselves and to be more like Him.

We were not created just to be, or just to be completely exhausted of all hope and life. We were put here to share with others that Jesus is life. Only through Him can we truly experience love ever lasting and grace beyond comprehension.

So the next time you experience some discomfort in your life, remember to stop and pray for God to show you how you can become more holy through your existing situation.

I think to become more holy, you have to become more humble. And there is nothing like realizing what a very Holy Jesus did for you to make you a very humble child of His.

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.