Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Do All For the Glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31, New King James Version (NKJV)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17, New American Standard Version (NASV)
17 (A)Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, (B)giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
1 Peter 4:11, NASV
11 (A)Whoever speaks, is to do so [a]as one who is speaking the (B)utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving [b](C)by the strength which God supplies; so that (D)in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, (E)to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 26:3, (NKJV)
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.
2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV)
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
(Other verses you may care to check out through these links. You may change the version you read while there. 1 Thess 2:4; Titus 2:1, 15; Heb 13:7, Acts 7:38, Eph 1:19; 6:10 )
My Comments: Though my comments here mainly pertain to going out in the vineyard of the world and proclaiming the Gospel there are other areas of our lives that we need to look to so others will see the glory of God in all we do. If we are living our lives to bring glory to Him we will watch everything about us, out thoughts, words and deeds, actions and reactions will all magnify God the Father and bring glory to Him. I am not talking about the way the Scribes and Religious were in the day of Christ and even now you will find Churches claiming to be of Jesus yet are heavy into rules and regulations, traditions that are not in the
Bible and are not what God intended. My other postings in my blog speak to some of these issues and I encourage you to read them all. This one is primarily about how our working in His vineyard brings Him glory.
There is work to be done and there are many doing it yet not enough doing the work and doing it for the glory of God. He said the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. It is so true. Yet in some countries there are people who are laying down theirs and their family’s lives for the Gospel so others may know Jesus and be saved. People are going to jail (as time goes on many more will willingly make these sacrifices), enduring torture, watching their families being tortured and enduring horrible deaths all for the glory of God and to bring salvation to the lost. Why?
First let me assure you these workers know where they and their families are headed. Second they know the lost may not find their way so they lay their safety and their families safety down so others may live. Christ Jesus did this for all of us and many do this because He loved us and died for us and for them. Jesus died for all mankind and all who want to accept the free gift of salvation will be saved. A gift cannot be thrust upon a person. It is offered and then it must be accepted to be owned. So it is with Salvation. Jesus offers it. We accept it and it is ours and we become Children of God.
Those of us not called to give up our lives (yet) and comforts (yet) work in other way to the glory of God. Some work in the community volunteering, some volunteer at Church (greeter, Children’s Ministries, cleaning the Church etc.), some reach out to neighbors or any one they encounter daily, children reach out to classmates (yes, here in the USA we still legally can say what we believe yet that is getting harder to do), some try to reach people by blogging or on Face Book or other media. Yet all do so for the salvation of souls for the glory of God.
Where are you in your walk? Are you a believer? If so are you stepping out in faith and trusting the Lord to take care of you as you bring glory to God by bring the Good News to others? Yes, you might have to be careful in some countries or even some very dangerous areas.
I remember a movie about a woman in China, who was beaten, tortured and worked in a rock mine breaking and carrying sacks of rocks while pregnant. How did she get there? She got there by sharing the Word of God and the Salvation of Jesus with others. Some would meet in secret places and they could not sing out the praises of God so they mouthed them (if caught they would be imprisoned). They did as the Bible says to do. These believer fellow-shipped with other believers and took chances on bringing “others” to the groups (sometimes this resulted in arrests and deaths). They did this for the glory of God. Eventually God worked it so she got her husband, son and herself out of China. Glory be to God!
If you are not a believer read your Bible especially the Gospel of John. John 3:16 says, 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV).
Call on the name of Jesus, confess your sins, ask Him to be your savior and to be with you always. Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit who will then teach you, comfort, guide you and help you grow in the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Jesus the Messiah. Believe that Christ died for your sins, rose again on the third day as He said he would, was seen by the Apostles and 500 faithful and ascended into heaven. If you have done this you are a Child of God the Father and He is your Abba or Daddy and He will never forsake you.
Even when times are very very hard He will be in the midst of it with you. Have faith in Him who created the Universe and all there is and ever was and ever will be. Trust Him to knows what is best for all, and will use you to bring others to Him (if you let Him) for His glory. He loves you. That is the thing to remember. I will say it again. He loves you!
Abba Father, thank You for Your love for us. We could never have been ransomed by only a man. It had to be Jesus fully God and fully Man who came to save us from sin and Hell. We were lost and now we are found because You loved us and wanted us to be a part of Your family.
Jesus thank You for showing us the way to be a part of Your family and for sending the Holy Spirit to help us to grow and bring glory to Abba.
Holy Spirit thank You for teaching and guiding us, so all we do, say and are brings glory to Abba Father.
I pray all will live to bring glory to God the Father and spread the Gospel of Jesus our Christ and Savior. In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen.


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