Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 26, 2011

Thought For The Week January 30, 2011

This past Sunday, our associate pastor, Doug Crabb, shared some important thoughts regarding our main purpose or reason for being in life. I think this is so important for us to get our hands around that I want to remind you again of this truth.

If you look through the Bible it will become plain that God created man for only one highest purpose, that is to love Him and bring Him honor and glory. The first and greatest commandment both in the old and new testaments is: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:4 and Matthew 22:37) If we love God, it means we put Him and His desires first. Paul gave us a practical idea of how to demonstrate our love for the Lord in I Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Think about that for a minute. If we order our lives so that we do the things we do in such a way that it reflects glory on the Lord and avoid doing anything that might diminish His glory how might that affect the way we live and grow in relationship with Him?

Pastor Doug shared a powerful illustration that really helped me to process this concept and gave me a way to gauge whether I am really bringing the Lord glory. Did you catch it? He told a story about a blacksmith who, after considering this idea of giving God glory in everything he does, decided that it meant quite simply that we should so represent the Lord that everyone we encounter in life might think better of the Lord than they did before encountering us. Wow!

Imagine if somehow we intentionally shine the light of Jesus in our lives so that the clerk at the grocery, our neighbor across the street, the lady at the next desk at work, our spouses and children, our family members, whenever we get to interact with them they would come away thinking better about our wonderful Lord than they did before. What affect would that have on peace in our relationships? On feelings of love and care for others? On the hearts of people who do not yet have Jesus? That I might live so others have a higher esteem for Jesus after talking to me than before. This blows me away and gives me a goal for all of life.

Now the hard part. What would it take for something like that to happen in and through your life? Would you have to change some attitudes? Would you have to spend more time with the Lord to better reflect Him through your life? Would you have to abandon some habits or practices that affect you in a way that diminish His glory in your life? Maybe it’s simply just working at being constantly aware of His presence and your purpose of shining your light.

I’m thinking that whatever it takes for me to give others a better opinion of my Lord, I’m ready. What about you? Remember that Pastor Doug also said that the way we glorify God in our lives is by doing His will and His work. Matthew 5:16, says Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Have you turned on the light switch? What kinds of deeds are illuminated? Just a thought.

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