1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Colossians 3:12-14, Habakkuk 2:3
Confession: this is the fourth time I’ve opened a new blank document with a blinking cursor to write my blog post.
Every time I begin I write about our incredible God and all the love he lavishes upon us each day. However, I’ve quickly realized that our incredible God sends us reminders of that all the time. It’s in the sunset, when you hit all green lights as you run late to work, and when that one song you love that you really need to hear after a bad day comes on the radio. Reminders surround us all day every day that God loves us…but that makes it easy to take for granted exactly how much.
In the short time that has passed since I have fully accepted Jesus into my life, I have quickly come to realize that the way I live my life is a testament to how much I love Jesus. It might be easy to overlook small details of life and how our Lord is working in every little way, but to Him, if we live our lives for his Glory then we are showing Him and the world we do love Jesus.
Wondering how you might be able to fully live so that God is glorified in His rightful place in your life? Let’s strive for these three things.
1. Pray and Rejoice!
Seems simple, right? I’m embarrassed to admit how often I forget to pray. I get so used to being wrapped in God’s love for me, that I forget to thank him and show love in return.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
This is a formula for how to go about your day. Rejoice in the Lord’s name with everything you do. Pray without ceasing; pray when you are fearful, passionate, confused, etc. Pray in all situations for our Lord wants us to give Him everything that weighs on our hearts. Give thanks no matter what situation, whether it be good or bad, arises.
2. Pour out grace.
We’re Christians so we’re always happy and smiling, right? If you are, then personally I would really love to meet you and take a few pages from your book. If you’re anything like me then you occasionally wake up on the wrong side of the bed and your day is a little out of sorts. Let me remind you that even in moments like this, we still need to clothe ourselves with compassionate hearts, kind spirits, and love. We are children of God. We are chosen by Him to live for His will and share the Gospel with the world. How are we to do that and be taken seriously if we don’t act kindly and walk in humility, meekness, and patience? How are we to do that if we don’t act with love for our God pouring out of our hearts?
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” –Colossians 3:12-14
3. Trust Him.
Nervous about a job interview? Praying each night about finding the perfect guy? Sometimes we forget that our God, the one who created the Heavens and the Earth, who moves mountains can do anything. We forget to trust in Him during times of stress or heartache, we forget that his timing is absolutely perfect.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 we are reminded to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your straight your paths.”
This is always refreshing to read. If I stop relying on myself to make things happen, and put my faith in the Lord, my paths will be straight. I can have my questions answered and my worries be calmed if I take my mind off all things “earthly”.
If there’s one thing I hold onto each and every day, it’s that God’s timing is nothing short of perfect. He will not give me more than I can handle and every moment is a time to remember that, “the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end-it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3
If it’s meant for you, it will come. If it hasn’t come yet, God is holding out for something even better.