Keeping It Simple

All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Psalm 86:9-10

Have you thought about your purpose lately? Pastor Rick Warren has invited many of us to examine our purpose and allow it to guide our day. He says that we have been made for five purposes: 1. God’s Pleasure. 2. God’s Family. 3. To Be Christ-like. 4. To Serve God. 5. Missions.

I have determined that for me it comes down to only one purpose: To glorify God! Whatever I do and wherever I am my desire is to bring God glory.

Doesn’t that keep it simple? There is not much to remember. One simple question to ask throughout the day, “Does this give glory to God?”

How do I know what will give God glory? The good news is that He has not kept that a secret. He has clearly revealed His will for us in His Word. The Bible gives us guidance and encouragement when temptation tries to lure us away from those things that glorify our Lord. I have been reading through the One Year Chronological Bible in the NIV version this year. I love reading the Psalms mixed into historical chapters where scholars believe David may have written those verses. I am also thankful that God revealed to us that throughout history His followers have been “real, sinful” individuals like me.

I know I won’t be able to give glory to God with perfection this side of heaven. As I lay my head on the pillow each night or recognize a failure during the day, I am thankful to know that He continues to love and forgive me. In thanksgiving for His amazing gift of grace, I will begin again keeping one simple purpose in mind: to God alone be the glory forever!

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