“…to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” – Jude 1:25
Why did God create man? To bring glory, honor, & praise to His name through making disciples of men by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.
Quite the contrary, actually.
How is a broken, dirty, hypocritical sinner like me supposed to encourage someone to turn from their sin & abide in Christ & His ways alone when I struggle with this very thing daily? Will people listen? What will they think of me? Will they persecute, mock, humiliate?
All of those questions show evidence of one who is thinking only of self, even though they claim Christ in their “curiosity”.
When you claim to live for Christ, all of your self-centered worries die. They’re gone. Don’t be defeated if people loath you after sharing God’s Word with them, because that means that you have pride in yourself to get people saved and not let God do the job that ONLY He can do. You can’t save anyone.
So, do your words & actions portray a desire to live as Christ for His glory? Or are you merely trying to embody Christ’s ways, only for selfish gain, to get people to follow you instead of the only One who brings any ounce of goodness into your life?
Ask yourself these things.
In this day and age we get into such a pattern of demanding good behavior & attitudes from others without looking in the mirror & checking our hearts first.
You are the one person that talks to yourself the most; what are you telling yourself? Are you proclaiming the gospel to yourself? Do you ask The Lord to shift your thoughts off yourself and onto things of eternal value?
The reason I chose the verse from Jude as the topic for this blog is because I feel that, in this generation especially, we don’t marvel at the greatness of our Holy, Mighty, & Infinite God enough. We simply just don’t. It’s a gargantuan injustice that we commit far too often.
Think about it – the God of the universe created this earth for your enjoyment. Your delight. When you give someone a gift, you don’t want them to trash it, disrespect it, pervert it. No, you want them to love it, treat it as gold, be gentle with it. And you’re just a human – God is omniscient, omnipotent, & omnipresent. How much more grateful should we be for every single thing He has gifted us? Think about it.
Live truly for Him & His glory. Honestly, I know we hear that a lot, but He deserves so much more than just praise & honor. Don’t ignore His infinite grace & love for you.