. . .everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. (Isaiah 43:6-7)
It is not about us. It's about Almighty God. It is not about our kingdom. It's about about His.
The theory surrounding that truth is easy to articulate. Living out that truth is, at least in my esperience, more problematic.
That was part of Israel’s problem. They had unwittingly lost God’s perspective. The Old Testament reveals the Israelites had perfected the trappings of religion. They practiced the right rituals and said the correct words -- but their hearts were far from God. They were full of pride, rebellion and selfishness.
It had become about them, not about God.
It would be a mistake to ignore how easily any group -- even the Church -- can lose perspective and wrap ourselves in rituals and form. Like them, we also can unknowingly substitute activity for a relationship with God.
It is a danger we all face -- and one we must all avoid. Which is why it is so very necessary to regularly seek God with a proper disposition: humble prayer, honest repentence of sin, sincere reception of the Sacraments, and meditation on His Word.
To be careless about our walk of faith is to open ourselves to the power, deception and poison of sin -- and repeat the sins of early Israel.