1997-04-04 - The Bottom Line
I have written a devotional about this before, but I felt led to write another one this week. : )
The bottom line of everything in our lives should be to glorify God. We should seek that glory constantly. 1 Cor 10:31 (NRSV) So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
Creation itself is for God's glory: Psa 19:1 (NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
We are to thank God, in order to glorify Him. 2 Cor 4:15 (NRSV) Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
We are to be hospitable, to bring God glory. Rom 15:7 (NRSV) Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
The difficulties we face, are to be for the glory of God.
John 9:1-3 (NRSV) As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him.
"Our" successes should bring God glory, also, for we could not accomplish them without Him. Exo 4:17 (NIV) I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The bottom line is: Our lives, our walk, should be glorifying God constantly.
Dear Lord, please help us to glorify You in our words, deeds, and even thoughts. Help us to remember where our blessings come from. Use us and our lives for Your glory. In Jesus' name amen.