Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hebrews 13:20-21

20May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

So this is saying that God wants to give me good stuff so I will be happy? WRONG! But isn’t this a theme of many ministries today? Anyway, let’s get back to the Bible. This prayer in Hebrews is that God will equip us with every good thing that we need in order to do HIS will. He will provide the things we need to serve him! The prayer continues with a call for God to work in us what is pleasing to him. Finally, how can he even use us to produce good and pleasing outcomes for him? It is only through Jesus Christ and for his glory that it can happen. For it is only through God’s grace and Jesus that anything good can come from us. We must stay God focused. God uses us for his purposes. We exist for God. When we submit our lives to him we become his slaves. But being a slave of God is not a bad thing. It is actually where we find true freedom. It is where we find purpose. It is where we find life. But don’t serve God for these reasons. Allow God to work in you for HIS GLORY and for HIS PLEASURE – to the glory of Christ Jesus.

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