What do you want your life to be known for? What causes are you passionate about? What do you want people to remember you for when you are gone? Do you want people to think of your ability to lead an organization? Do you want to be remembered as a great software designer? How about your striking appearance? Maybe you want to be remembered for your dope skills on the basketball court! Maybe, you are more noble, and want to be remembered as a good husband, wife, father, or mother. Our old will constantly battles our new desires in Christ. John Calvin famously stated that "our hearts are idol factories". Every pursuit or desire apart from Christ will be in vain. It is easy for us to want to be remembered for the wrong thing.
During this Advent season, we want to remind ourselves that the only worthy cause is Christ. The Apostle Paul was a great example for us when he wrote, "For me to Live is Christ, and to die is gain." Our lives should be reoriented around this truth: we want to live for the Christ. Every ability, talent, and hobby must be recognized as a gift from the Creator, and therefore, point us back to him.
"The Cause of Christ," by Kari Jobe is written to correct and reorient our hearts to live only for Christ. Check out the final stanza and use it as a prayer this season:
It is not fame that I desire
Nor stature in my brother’s eye
I pray it’s said about my life
That I lived more to build Your name than mine