Friday, February 20, 2009

Living For the Glory of God - As Jesus Did

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31.
One of the greatest hindrances to our sense of PEACE as Christians is the habit of dividing our lives into two areas - the Christian life and the 'worldly' life.

Many Christians really do seem to have one foot in the WORLD - and one in the Spiritual world!

These worlds really do exist APART from each other, and are morally and spiritually INCOMPATIBLE. 

As Christians are compelled by the necessities of daily living to always be crossing back and forth - from one world to the other - our inner lives have a tendency to break up. 

So that we're living a DIVIDED life, instead of a unified life.

The trouble can come from the fact that Christians are actually inhabiting TWO worlds at once - the spiritual and the natural. 

Admittedly, as descendants of Adam, we're living our lives on earth subject to the limitations of our flesh, and the weaknesses to which IMPERFECT human nature's prone. 

Simply living in this imperfect world causes us to direct our attention to the THINGS of this world!

Unfortunately, this can be in sharp contrast to our life in the Spirit. There we enjoy another (and higher kind of life.) 

We're children of the Living GOD, and we possess a heavenly status. as well as enjoy an intimate fellowship with our Savior Christ - hallelujah! 

Furthermore, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is our PERFECT example to follow. He knew no divided life! In the Presence of His Father He lived on earth without ever deviating from the path - even to His death on the cross.

"I do always the things that please him," was His brief summary of His own life as it related to the God the Father. 

What pressure and immense SUFFERING He endured by being the world's sin bearer! 

His suffering was never the result of sin or spiritual maladjustment - it was because He loved us so dearly!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16.

How GRATEFUL and appreciative do we need to be as believers? 

When the apostle Paul's exhorted us to "do all to the glory of God," it was far more than just pious idealism. It was supposed to be an INTEGRAL part of true Christian life. And should be accepted as the very Word of Truth. 

Furthermore, this should remind us to aim at making every act of our lives CONTRIBUTE to the glory of God. 

Living according to our own will (and not GOD'S Will,) grieves God. Moreover, by practicing sin, sexual perversion, as well as any other misuse and abuse of our bodies should give us a real cause to be ashamed.

Sexual sin and those sins that are CONTRARY to nature can never honor God. 

Those who willfully practice this sort of sin, and don't fight the temptation will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 

As loving, and as merciful, and as forgiving as God is, we DO need to have fear of the One who can throw both our bodies and our souls into hell! 

Whenever we CHOOSE to keep sinning, and whenever our human will takes over, we no longer exercise our innocent and harmless powers as God made them. 

And we can never bring GLORY to our Creator.

What about a Christian believer who has experienced repentance, and being 'born again in the Spirit.' Christ now dwells in them. Therefore, he or she is now meant to be living ACCORDING to the will of God - as it's stated in the written Word. 

It can be said that every act of his or her life is (or should be,) truly HOLY.

We must aim to practice LIVING our lives - every moment of it - to the glory of God. Determinedly. 

It helps to TALK it over with God in your prayers, and recall these words frequently, as we move about in the world among men. 

It can take a great deal of reverent prayer, as well as genuine REPENTANCE to escape sin completely. 

Remember too, You can't HIDE your sin/s from God, and He's never mocked.

Much love,
Melina xxx

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