I am beginning a new sermon series this fall called “Living for God.” We are going to be exploring the ways in which we can train ourselves up to make God the first priority in our lives. This has, of course, always been the basic need in our lives. And it is always easier said than done, so to speak. But what has changed is the current urgency of the times in which we are living. No longer do we have the option of whether or not we will pay close attention to our spiritual lives. No longer do we have the option of just “doing church.” If anything is going to change in our nation, indeed in a world that has gone completely off the rails, God’s people need to become invested in the Kingdom.
And this means that we should begin thinking about the need for a change in perspective; that we begin to think about living for the purposes of God rather than for our own purposes. It means that we begin to think about deepening our spiritual walk. We are always asking God to intervene in our lives; to answer our prayers and bring help when needed. But there is far more than that involved in our relationship with God. God has created each one of us uniquely, with a unique purpose for the time in which we are living. What is it that He is asking each one of us to do for Him? You may think that your life is spread too thin already; still, there may be some small thing that He has put on your heart that you can do. You may be struggling to make ends meet; still, there may be some small thing. You may be confined at home; still, there may be some small thing. You may be tired and weary; still, there may be some small thing.
Our God has given us the incredible privilege and gift of belonging to Jesus. And we are of infinite value to Him. He loves us with an everlasting love. He draws us with His lovingkindness. And He wants to engage with our world through us. Let us therefore make the choice daily to allow ourselves to be available to God for however He may choose to use us.
“[For] you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9
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