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Day SEVEN: The Reason for Everything
Point to Ponder: It’s all for him.
Verse to Remember: “For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory.” Romans 11:36
Question to Consider: Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God’s glory?
Before I consider that I wanted to share a few of the lessons in the chapter because I think they are appropriate for today.
First, the ultimate point of life is to show Glory to God. That is our ultimate purpose. It is through our thoughts and actions that we glorify His name and show others His beauty, His Kindness, His forgiveness, and His Love. It is by striving to be more Christ like that we are able to glorify God. This book, The Purpose Driven Life states that “All sin, at its root, is failing to give God glory.” Thus “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (That’s from the Bible.)
So, what do we do? How do we know what to do? What does it mean to give God the glory? Jesus brought glory to God by doing all that he was shown to do, He fulfilled his purpose. That is what we must strive to do. Find and fulfill our purpose. “We bring God glory by worshiping him.” Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, but not just the praise and worship time we have for 30 minutes on Sunday morning, but in the little everyday mundane activities. If you do it with a joyful heart and praise God for being able to do just that, then you glorify him.
We also give God glory by loving others. Remember the Golden Rule? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This is remembering that we are all human and we all make mistakes. Many people, make many mistakes, but our goal as believers is to forgive them. Forgive, forget, and try to learn from these mistakes and hope that they learn from them. Obviously not everyone does learn from them. Also, there are also people that you just have to love because otherwise you would want to beat them. When you start to feel that urge to verbally charge at them…then take a deep breath and hand it over to God. As I am now…
Then as you grow in faith and occassionally as a means to faith, you tell others about God and you use your talents to glorify him in name. No this is not the door to door preaching done by some of the sects, but it is telling someone about your faith. If they seem interested tell them to come with you to church or to check out your favorite writer, or if they are not interested…at least on the outside. Keep going back to them and gently explain the whys, whats, and hows. God makes a way for us all, there are none that he has left to founder.
Finally on our point to ponder…where can I become more aware of God in my daily routine? Everywhere. There is so much in life that if you just take a moment you will be a visual message to everyone around you that God is real. That God is present in every situation and trial. Being able to wake up in a world with your children and family everyday is a miracle. A miracle shared by all.
Have a blessed Day and I hope you are able to find your way to express God’s glory.