Proverbs 4 2-4-20

We must be careful not to make our salvation all about us because it’s really all about Him. He is our all in all.

26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
    and be steadfast in all your ways.

Get wisdom, get understanding;
    do not forget my words or turn away from them.

Our Salvation is due to His sacrifice. He deemed us worthy to be saved, therefore we have  incredible worth- the blood of our God! Salvation came to us not when we said a prayer, but when we recognized His great gift of salvation through His blood and responded by bowing our head and knee. It’s for His glory that we are saved, not our happiness. King David said,

Not to us, Lord, not to us
    but to your name be the glory,
    because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

The story of His great sacrifice is given in Philippians 2. Let’s read it:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge [confess] that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

 

Through our salvation, we have given Him our lives for Him to use as He wishes. We have died to ourselves and now live for Him, with Him living through us (Galatians 2:20). If He asks us to suffer for His glory, do we need to understand why in order to submit? NO! Dead people don’t have opinions, nor do they make decisions about what is fair. If we want fair, we have only look at our lives and see that fairness would gain us hell!

When we gave our lives to Jesus Christ, we did so because He is worthy. We join in the song that is being sung around His throne in Heaven right now:

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!” Rev. 5:12

Our happiness is founded and sealed in knowing Christ and having His Spirit in our hearts and lives. Anything else good that happens to us is gravy. God is continuously putting us in places for our lights to shine. I personally think that He puts us in place for even one person! Even as Moses was arguing with God about not being His spokesman, God already had Aaron on the way to meet him (Ex. 4:14).

Our satisfaction comes from knowing that we are being of use to Christ. Any good things that we experience are secondary to our primary function: Being available for His purposes. The neat part comes from knowing that being in His presence brings us overflowing peace, joy, hope,  grace, and a true sense of His love for us. We also have this promise from Him:

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. John 17:24

So, what do we say to growing old? To His glory! What do we say to cancer? To His glory! Persecution? To His glory! Hardship? To His glory! We  glorify Him the most when all we have to praise Him for is His worthiness. In fact, our lights shine the brightest in our darkest moments.

If you are going through a trial or “dark moment,” be encouraged. You have the opportunity to give glory to Him, to praise Him for Who He is–with no other apparent reason for praising Him–and for letting your light shine for Christ. Trust me, someone is watching. May that person come to Christ because of your sufferings.

As we look forward to this Sunday, may we say with David, “Not to us, O LORD, but to Your name be glory.”

Abba, I realize that I have not had to suffer much in my life so far. At the same time, You have called me to set aside my own life for Your will. You know that I was ready on several occasions if You had called upon me to give my life. I once again offer myself to You for You to use in whatever way will bring You the most glory. Sincerely yours, Kelly.

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