Why We Do What We Do
Why? Why are we here? Who are we living for? What is our purpose in life? Where is true meaning found? How do we measure success? What gets us up in the morning?
These are questions that every person faces in their life. The answers to these questions will determine how we live our lives, what we value, and where we invest our time and resources.
These questions have been weighing on my mind recently. As the pressures of life continues to build, I have been forced to evaluate, why am I doing what I am doing? Why? What is the driving motivation in my life?
My time on earth is so short, so short. 21 years of life have blown past me and if the Lord grants me another 21, they will blow by even faster. Every day, I am a day closer to my death. My life is a countdown to the end. An hourglass that is rapidly running out.
Now, I realize these are some sobering realities and it might sound like I am discouraged. Not discouraged, just sobered.
As the BOJF Team continues to pour ourselves into film projects and other ministry outlets, I must admit, questions lurk in the back of my mind from time to time. What are we doing? Is this all really worth it? Is the drain, the exhaustion, the pouring out of one's life, time, treasure and talent really worth it?
You see, I'm human and I wrestle with the same questions every other human being wrestles with throughout life.
As these questions have lurked about, a simple, but profound thought has been pressing in on my heart and mind. One day, I will stand before God Almighty and give an account for my life. Face to face. FACE to FACE! Wow. How sobering, yet how wonderful, how intimidating, yet how joyous. How I long for that day, yet how I feel so unready for it.
To be honest, I wish with all my heart I could live the rest of this life with that simple sentence emblazoned on the front of my mind. One day, I will stand before God Almighty and give an account of my life.
How freeing it would be to solely live for His glory, to stop worrying about what other people think about me and instead live to the honor of His great name. How it would crowd out all those other insignificant things in my life and fill my life with that which truly matters. Oh, how I would stop being a coward when it comes to sharing truth and the gospel, instead being bold to the glory of His name.
You see, we as believers, well, at least I do, so quickly forget we have been given a mission by our God. It is simple, yet very profound. Jesus Himself was the one who commissioned us before He returned to His Father. He told us, yes, He commanded us, to share the gospel with every person on this earth, no matter where they lived, no matter what it would cost us. (Matthew 28:18-20) We are to be the walking, living testimonies of the power of the gospel. Not only that, we are to be the criers for this glorious truth in the world lost in the darkness. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Matthew 5:13-16)
That is my life mission, my assignment given by my Great Captain. Share the gospel. Share it!
This command should shape my life and everything I do. As a Christ-follower, I don't ask how I can live a life full of ease, pleasure and comfort. Nay, I ask how can I reach the most people possible with the gospel of Jesus Christ. And it matters not what it may cost me. Resources, time, money, my strength…even my life. All is to be given freely and fully to the service of my Savior.
Yes, this is why we do what we do at BOJF. This is why we are spilling our hearts into those projects. This is why our team seeks to live life to the hilt for the King. This is why we will never fit some mold of this world. Because we aren't looking to fit into any earthly mold. Nay, we are seeking to fit His perfect, heavenly mold. (Colossians 3:1-4) We desire to be like Jesus, dying to ourselves every day and lifting His name high, telling others the way to be saved. (Acts 16:31, Luke 9:23)
This is why we do what we do. There are souls out there in desperate need of the Savior and every ounce of our energy, skills, talents, resources, time and every drop of our blood is for the glory of King Jesus.
So let the storms come, lets the battles rage on, let the winds blow, let the waves crash, let the persecution come, we aren't here for ourselves, we are here for the King!
May our lives be poured out like a drink offering before our King. If our lives are a candle, may we be a melted pool of wax when the King calls us home. May we totally spent for His glory.
Yes, one day I shall be before God Almighty face to face. Oh, how I tremble in excitement and holy fear for this day! May I live life well and may His name alone be honored as I am poured out for His glory.
Yes, this is why we do what we do. For we live for His glory, not ours. This is Because of Jesus Films, not Because of Us Films. This is all Him. All Him.
Forever and always, to God alone be the glory!