Peace In A Foreign Land
Categories: Devotional, Prayer, Theology
At one point or another we have all asked ourselves, or maybe even others, at least one of a few questions:
- What am I doing here?
- What was I made for?
- Is there purpose or significance to my life?
- Why is it that with everything I do, I always seem to be on the lookout for the ever elusive “something more?”
If we ever want to have true peace in our life these questions will need to be answered. Otherwise we will not feel significance in anything we do, and that is exactly where Satan wants you to be emotionally as well as spiritually.
So, what does the Bible say about what we are created for? The Bible is not ambiguous about the fact that not only does God want praise and glory, but He demands it from us. This theme is present all throughout the Bible. So now the question is how does God receive praise from us, and how does God receive glory from us? Well the praise part is extremely simple¾that is simply worshiping God. Lifting up your exaltation for the Lord, singing to Him, admiring Him for who He is or what He’s done.
Now how does God get glory? God receives glory when lost souls are reconciled to Him! The purpose of Christ’s presence on Earth was to do the work that God gave Him and according to John 17:4, He gave God glory by finishing that work. And we all know what that work was; reconciling mankind with God. And then again in Hebrews 1:3 when it says “the Son is the radiance of God’s glory.” This radiance, comes from the redemptive power that is found in the blood of Christ.
If God created man for praise and glory and we know from scripture that Jesus is the glory of God, how then does that extend to us? Through the Great Commission! Christ said to GO! We are here to make disciples and we are here to baptize people. It is no coincidence that this is the last recorded interaction between Jesus and his followers. This is what we are created to do. God receives more glory when a lost soul is redeemed and brought out of the depths of Hell than in any other action, period. You want to find peace in this life? Then we must do what we are created to do.
Other references for God’s glory and the Great Commission: Matthew 28, Ephesians 1:6, 1:12, 1:14, 2:10