I recently bought an iPhone to get the weather and important emails, while on the road. But to my amazement, my oldest son had a Bible application and it actually reads Scripture to you. It's absolutely amazing. But what I find more amazing is that I get to hear God while I drive.
Driving is so wonderful for praying and contemplating the Lord but to hear His word is more incredible than admiring the wild, wild west or so they like to say in Dodge City, Kansas. My point is that we should be contemplating God at all times, whether we can see Him, feel Him, or hear Him. He made sure that through Scripture we would be able to know Him in a way that we can't possibly without His word. In addition, He allowed part of Himself into us to direct us and then He gave us stories to remind us of His power, glory and majesty.
It's easy to get caught up in our every day lives. We all have bills to pay, responsibilities that don't end at five and of course, relationships. All of these things take us away from the one thing we need to be thinking about, Jesus Christ and His glory, not ours. That's hard to do on most days but it's important to teach our children and the future generations that our lives are to glorify Him, not the other way around.
This came to me in a flash as my son was invited to a very important NCAA tournament for basketball this weekend. Just as he was accepted to go, he came home in horrific pain. I wasn't sure he would even be able to get through practice. As we were driving there tonight, I realized we needed to pray, not just over the knee, but also that his life would be for the glory of God and not just the chance to have college recruiters look at him. He will have a great purpose, the purpose Jesus has for him. But he must learn that everything that happens is for the glory of our Lord. The world teaches that our accomplishments are ours, through hard work and perseverance. That may be partly true, effort does equal success. However, only Jesus can give you the talent and that talent will be used for Him. I want my son to always have that at the forefront of his mind. And for sure, I want all of us to remember that God is before us, with us and behind us. He is everywhere and we are here to serve Him and glorify Him!
So, if you are looking at the world for your self-esteem, stop and think about why you are here. You were chosen to glorify God, not yourself. If Christ chooses to acknowledge your hard work, good for you, but we must always remember that our talents and successes come from the King!
2Corinthians 3:18 NKJV:
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
I look forward to my transformation as long as it glorifies my father. Through His Spirit I have life and that's all I need to know for today. I hope today you find purpose and realize that God is transforming you as you meditate on Him. He has taken us from blindness to sight and as we seek Him; His face is revealed.
My prayer today:
Lord as we look in the mirror, I pray You would reveal Your glory. Please give us the vision and mind to contemplate Your word so that we may contribute and see Your Glory. Transform us into new beings and help us be strong. Keep us in Your ways and light our path as we find you day by day. You have given us Your Spirit and in our minds we want to imagine being at Your feet, praising You and singing Holy, Holy is our God! Thank you for giving us our talents and providing successes in our every day lives. Thank you for loving us and please help us love others like You love us. We come before you women transformed, thanking their Savior and asking to see You once again. We are humbled to be Your servants. In Jesus name, AMEN.