Monday, December 9, 2013

It's our Response that matters

Since we are believers, we must be reminded that we are adopted as God's children.  We are brand new when we accept Jesus as our Savior.  
2 Corinthians 5:17  

While we live in this evil world, everything we do should glorify God.  We still have our old sin nature, so we do fail, but we also succeed as we walk with Him because we have the Holy Spirit in us.

But why am I important?

We can understand great Biblical teachers glorifying God, great Doctors, great leaders glorifying God, great “whoevers”, but we always should remember we are precious to Him no matter what part we play in our world.  Do not think less of yourself because you do not heal or lead or teach great groups of people; no matter your age, your position
You are so valuable to the LORD! Matthew10:29-31

If you are a mother cleaning up after your whole family, then do it for the LORD with all your might. If you are a single woman, a the same.  If you are ill, elderly, or unable to do anything, you can praise Him in your mind, you can smile at others, you can sing for Him in your own room, you can pray for everyone you know and those you do not know. 

No matter who you are, you ARE somebody to the LORD!


As we abide/live in the LORD everyday, we all know what will come next.  

“Life” is not easy-peasy, it is full of trials and tribulations; some of them are longstanding, others come and go, but never stop coming. 

So how do we glorify God in the midst of our pain, and what does this look like? Lots of these trials and tribulations in our lives are not caused by us. It can become very overwhelming and we can begin to cry out, “not fair!”

When this happens it looks like grumpiness, anger, jealousy, sassiness, bitterness….

Philippians 2:14-16

As we boil all this down, remembering we are His children, “it” all revolves around
 ~me~ choosing to respond rightly for the LORD.  It all is about me responding rightly for Him.  My desire should be to glorify Him even when I am so hurt.  

Ephesians 4:25-32

Yes, people will say and do hurtful, unfair, unrighteous things and do them to us, but how do we respond?  

Romans 12

We need to think through our options, we need to cry out to God for His wisdom, we need to seek godly counsel from those not in our “storms”, and then we need to respond kindly, diplomatically, lovingly, understandably 

Our whole aim is to glorify God in our responses, remembering it isn’t about us - it is about living and glorifying God with all our own being.  We can get out there and do this because of Him!

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Romans 12:18

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