Does God really want us to get out of his way? You’ve probably heard this and silently agreed, believing, as I have, that getting the self out of the way is the humble, Christian attitude we are all to possess. While it’s true that we are to die to self, meaning we die to our natural, carnal desires by being crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20), are we in God’s way? I submit the answer is no – no more than a child is in the way of a loving parent.
I rank this phrase right up there with being used by God to accomplish his will. Saying we are in his way implies we are a hindrance. This not only can make us feel guilty and worthless, but it casts God in a bad light. God’s sole purpose is not simply to bring glory and praise to himself, as though he’s a giant egomaniac, and he sees us as preventing this. I’m pretty sure getting us out of his way is the farthest thing from his mind.
God created us to be in relationship with him. He loves us so much, he has gone above and beyond to ensure we have everything we need for lives of godliness and to bring us to the measure of his fullness (2 Peter 1:3 and Ephesians 3:19). We are not hindering his will, not preventing him from receiving all glory, praise and honor; rather we are participants in the life of Christ, in his love and grace and his master plan of a beautiful eternity with him. In fact, God has gone out of his way to put us in his way, right next to his heart, where we all belong.