For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. Acts 20:27
But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” Luke 18:13
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
There are a lot of aspects to life, aren’t there? Some of these are marriage, family (children), relatives, work, education, health, community, finances, possessions, recreation, food, clothing, housing, government, protection, etc. When we talk about living for the goal of spreading the gospel of Christ, we are not talking about abandoning all these things. We are talking about not allowing these things to be so central in our lives that they keep us from participating fully in the goal of spreading the gospel. In reality when we let Christ have full reign and look to him to bring transformation to all the aspects of our lives, they form the setting and even the means for how God uses us to impact others with the gospel of Christ.
In today’s Scripture the Apostle Paul speaks of “the whole purpose of God.” God’s purposes touch every aspect of our lives. As a matter of fact, every aspect of the universe falls within the realm of “the whole purpose of God.” So, if we are going to live fully for God, we must not only give him full reign for transforming every aspect of our lives, we must give him full reign for transforming our “understanding” of every aspect of the universe. This is often referred to as having a “Biblical world view.” The truly “Christian” life is all encompassing, isn’t it? Remember, the Christian life is a life of “surrendering” and not “accomplishing.” It is all about giving Christ “full reign” to accomplish the transforming of every aspect of our lives and every aspect of our understanding of the universe. May we live fully for “the whole purpose of God.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, surrendering to you is an everyday thing, even a moment by moment thing. The thought that living fully for you includes everything is a bit daunting. So, I will just concentrate on seeking you fully, loving you fully, and yielding to you fully. I trust you for the transformation of all aspects of my life and my understanding of the universe. I choose to embrace your “whole purpose” by wholly embracing you, Lord. Amen!
Posted on Thu, November 14, 2019
by Ken Hart