Day 7 (1 Mar 2020) – The reason for everything
1) Romans 11:36 (TLB); 2) Proverbs 16:4 (NLT)
1) For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. To him be glory evermore. 2) The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.
The Scriptures are clear here – everything comes from God! Everything! Not only this but God alone sustains everything and why – for His eternal glory!
It’s worth reading these Scriptures a few times through and just letting them sink in. Once you realize it is indeed “All for him” it can really help align your priorities with God’s word. What particularly jumps out to me is that we weren’t created for our own purpose but for God’s. That our lives would give him glory. What a tussle this can be as it’s so easy to live life doing as you please, after all this is what is modelled around us. It’s worth considering how then do we live lives that continually give God glory? Basically, be who God called you to be! Honouring God with due reverence and worship is a big part as is a desire to become increasingly Christ like. Loving others, serving God with the gifts he has given you and sharing your faith in Jesus also bring God much glory.
Dear Lord, everything comes and is sustained by you alone. Help me to live my life for your purpose and may I bring you glory in doing so. Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods
This made me think about “Making Room” for Jesus, for Others and for the New – how this all Church focus for 2020 gives Him Glory. The little and big areas where each of us make room in our hearts, in our time, at our dinner table – as we share He gets the glory.
There it is plainly. The answer to the meaning of life. To glorify God!
But what does glorify really mean?
God, today I will seek to truly truly glorify you. Not just give you lip service, not just pray to you, not just magnify and adore you through praise and attention, not just serve you with all that I am.
More than that even.
When I glorify you, I act in a way that demonstrates your majesty, power, grace and love to those around me.
Lord, may all that I do glorify you.
This morning as I was thinking further on this I was reminded of the following scripture.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present,[ai] there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord,[aj] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another,[ak] which is from[al] the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:17-18 NET
Thankyou that your Spirit live in me and is changing me to be more like you Jesus, May I reflect you more and more to those around me.
Thank you Ainslie.
A good focus and reminder, particularly as the world view is the opposite.