There is a great deal of peace and strength in realizing that giving honor to God is the highest and best activity in life. When we show the proper respect for God, we are doing the very thing we were created for. We find our destiny and our fulfillment in the glory of God.
Daily Family Bible Studies
We can be truly thankful that, as those who have obeyed the gospel and have received the forgiveness of our sins, “all things have become new” for us. We are living a “new” life, one that was made possible by Christ’s own death and resurrection to life everlasting!
Peter’s answer was right when the Lord asked if he and the other apostles were going to leave Him like the others who had turned away: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Jesus is the “preeminent” source of our salvation!
Integrity means that there is a unity to our character: we live in our daily lives the principles we say we adhere to in our hearts. One popular way of describing integrity is to say that we “practice what we preach” (or we “walk our talk”).
By withholding our time-schedules from the Lord, are we not refusing to give up our lives for Him — one day at a time? Jesus was never involved in anything that He was not willing to lay aside in order to serve our needs (Phil. 2:5-8). We need to think as He thought.
We must believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be: the very Son of God and the Savior of the world. If we are to be saved by Him, we must turn to God in real trust and place our faith in His Son. We must commit ourselves to the truth that He can save us from our sins.
One day, we will answer for how we have used all that God has given us. When that time comes, we will want to be able to look back on a lifetime of work that was trustworthy. We will not want to be workers “ashamed” of our work (2 Tim. 2:15).
Paul did not see his sufferings simply as hardships to be endured — he saw them as opportunities to honor Christ and influence others by that honor. No matter what happened, Paul was always looking for a way to exalt the Lord.
When the Prodigal Son came to his senses and returned home to his loving father (Lk. 15:20-24), the scene in which they were reunited is meant to tell us what it can be like when we are forgiven of our sins and reconciled to God spiritually.
Working constructively toward peace challenges both our wisdom and our courage. It calls for the highest and best that is within us. So may we be people whose work results in a greater degree of harmony, based upon the truth of God’s word.