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Resolved: To seek God’s glory

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever. - Jonathan Edwards

Who are you living for – yourself or the Lord? If I’m honest, I have to admit that I spend a lot more time looking after what I want than I do what He wants. But I know what I’m supposed to do. Why is it so hard?

The thing is, Christianity isn’t about a list of things to do. It’s not about serving God because we’re supposed to. We humans are awfully good at taking just about anything and making it into a to-do list. We look at sections of the Bible that speak on how to live, such as Romans 12, and we think it’s a list of things to attain.

Romans 12:9-21 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

It is how a Christian should live, but we can’t miss the point that it’s through God’s empowerment and for His glory that we live this life. It’s not to achieve His approval or check some stuff off a list. We respond to what God has already done for us in Jesus Christ by living for Him, giving ourselves to Him fully.

So let’s start out this year right. Let’s resolve to live for Him in every choice we make, with every plan, with every move. When we trade what we want for what He wants, we’ll prosper like never before.

Worthy to be praised

Psalm 145:3  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

Nobody’s perfect, right?  Nobody is truly worthy of being praised.  Well, not exactly.  There is only one who is worthy of all honor we could possibly ever give Him and then infinitely more.  The God of the universe, our Father, is worthy to be praised.

It’s not all about what He does for us – for that we give Him thanks.  No, what we praise Him for is simply who He is.  Just His character alone makes Him worthy of worship.  So who is He?

He’s the beginning of all things, the eternal Creator, the sovereign and omniscient Lord who calls, commissions, protects, and provides.  He’s omnipotent and omnipresent, the first among equals in the Trinity, knowable and yet unknowable, a place to find refuge and comfort.

He’s our portion, our treasure, our Father who adopts us into His family, so good and great and just that He disciplines us for our own sake.  He makes no mistakes, shapes all things and brings all things to completion.  He’s a holy judge who is patient and rules out of love.  He is awesome.  And He is worthy of all praise and honor and glory – forever and ever.

Love and respect

Ephesians 5:33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

A lot of people read through Ephesians 5 (or choose to ignore Ephesians 5) without really considering the context in which it was meant. It’s not just about commands for husbands and wives. To see it as that makes marriage cold and it makes it seem like God doesn’t intend for us to be happy in marriage.

In reality, asking men to love their wives and women to respect their husbands is going to result in happiness for both. Marriage is about a mutual benefit, not just that of one or another. In depicting the relationship between Jesus and His bride, the Church, there is no authoritarian role, no slave role, just love and respect.

A man loves his wife by caring for her, protecting her, providing for her, and forever being a student of her. Likewise, a woman shows respect to her husband by tending to his needs, and helping him to be the man God has called him to be. When both a husband and a wife fulfill their God-given purposes, they’re both happy and godly. Both can enjoy the marriage and the spiritual growth that comes as a result.

How do you look at marriage? Do you see it as a gift from God to benefit both man and wife and to illustrate the relationship between bride and Christ? Or do you see marriage as constraining and unhealthy? Do you see it as God meant it or as how it has come to be viewed in society?

Forever and ever, amen

Ephesians 3:20-21  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Christmas isn’t over.  No, the message of Christmas is relevant throughout the entire year.  Pausing to honor the birth of Jesus is a good thing, but it’s not enough to stop there.  He is alive and active today, calling His people to carry out the mission He has for them.  That’s us.

He’s at work in us and through us to bring about things we can’t even imagine and only He deserves any of the credit for it.  How can we claim credit for something we didn’t even do apart from the power of Christ working in us?  He’s the one who is worthy of all glory and honor.  He’s the one that’s able to do far more than we can ever ask or think.

To Him be the glory in our lives, in our relationships, in our churches, our workplaces, and our decisions.  To Him be the praise and honor, now and forever.  He’s the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  Praise Him.  Praise Him for He is good!

Amen.

Have a blessed 2012.