Lately, our pastor has been talking a lot to us about the things that we do and why we do them. He's been working with the student leadership on this subject especially, and although I'm not officially in leadership yet, I've been kind of thinking about this a lot.
Why do we do sports? Why do we go to school? Why do we go hang out with our friends? Why do we do the things that we do? Mostly, it's probably for our own selfish reasons. At least it is for me. Why should we do the things we do? The answer to that is straightforward - although its application is far more difficult. Our duty as Believers, as adopted children of God, is to do all things for the greater honor and glory of our Savior. We were saved so we could do good works. Ephesians 2:10 says:
'For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
When God chose us, not because of anything we could ever do, but simply out of His abundant mercy, we were in Christ a new creation. He picked us up off of our road to destruction (which we were perfectly enjoying), and turned us around. All because He loved us. All so that we could do good works. See, we are not saved because we do good works, but we are saved so we can do good works.
Anyway, I was examining my own life, and what my motives are for the activities I personally engage. One of them was, you guessed it, blogging. So I started thinking, well, why do I blog? I blog because it's fun. I blog because I learn things. I blog because most of my friends don't live around here and I like sharing what I'm up to with others. I blog because I like to pass on stuff I know to others. I blog because I like the people I meet.
Why should I blog? I should blog to further Christ's kingdom. I feel like I've been rather lazy lately in this regard. Not only have I not been posting much - y'all may have noticed this - but I also haven't been posting about very important things. Movie reviews, music, blogging awards; they're pretty easy posts to do. Now please don't get me wrong, I LOVE getting blog awards. It makes my day every time! I love doing movie reviews. It's nice being able to fangirl completely over stuff and not get weird looks from my family. ;)
I feel like I've kind of neglected the reason I should be blogging, though. Yes, I suppose it's rather obvious from the about me section in my sidebar (and the page), and from the little picture I have below that, but aside from letting people know I'm a Christian, what else am I saying? Nothing, really. Do I want passers-by on my blog to think that followers of Christ are really just like unsaved people - only with a Bible on the shelf? No, of course not! But I'm not doing anything about it.
If I'm not blogging with the right motives, should I be blogging at all? How can I use this amazing opportunity to glorify God? That's what I've been thinking about lately.