Elijah and Selfies

Last week, Dr. Russ White spoke about Elijah in 1 Kings 18 and 19.  He asked the question, “What Am I Here For?”  As you remember, Elijah, through the power of the Lord, had a victory over the forces of evil on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18. After his emboldened act for God, however, Elijah wavered and weakened.  He experienced the power of God working through him, yet he lost focus and had himself a bit of a pity party.  Then the Lord brought him to a cave on Mount Horeb for some “straight talking” and asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?”  Dr. White challenged us to ask the same question of ourselves.   

Why are you here?  What is your life’s purpose?

What does that have to do with “Selfies?”  Think about it for a minute.  A selfie is a picture where you are the center focus of the shot.  Sure, they’re fun to take and a great reminder of places you’ve been, things you’ve done, and friends you have.  They’re not bad--until it’s the only type of picture you take--until it’s the only way you view life--with you in the center. 

Elijah needed to be reminded that his life was about the Lord.  We need to be reminded of the same thing.  

How does that play out?  When is the last time you reached out to help a friend?  Or even a stranger?  When is the last time you stepped into a difficult task, just because it was the right thing to do?  When have you shared Jesus with someone who needed His love?  When have you risked?

Elijah goofed when he lost focus.  Let’s prayerfully ask the Lord to help us keep Him in the center of all we do.