I’ve taken several days off of writing posts. This morning I read several devotionals and Scripture that reminded me of my purpose, and every Christ follower’s purpose: We are to glorify our Lord. “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” (Is 43:7) And “whatever [we] do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).
I fail at this every single day because I’m in a sinful world and am still sinful, even though I am forgiven. But God’s Word reminds me that Jesus paid the ransom for my sin. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor 6:19-20)
We must make sure that we are living in such harmony with God that as we proclaim His truth He can create in others those things which He alone can do. My words and actions many, many times miss the mark, which is what the word “sin” means. I am so thankful that Jesus paid for the sin of the world by His death and resurrection, and I came to know the Lord through the mentoring of others who spoke God’s truth to me.
God’s Word calls us to share His love and hope. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:14-16)
We are where our Sovereign Lord has placed us to share His hope for a future with Him in eternity. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor 5:20) We are to share His Word out of love and compassion for others. As sinful creatures we are me-centered, and don’t have unselfish love within us without the love of the Lord who “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
There is only one hope in this dark world, and that is only from being reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’.” (John 8:12) So the light we are to allow to shine before men is not us, but the light of Jesus shining through us as a beacon to those who are weary, scattered and without a shepherd (Matt 9:36-38).
So we are to remember that we have been bought at a great price, and we now are the Lord’s people, and must be obedient to His Word. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom 12:1-2)