Thoughts of a messed up Christian saved by God's grace

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In all I do

There are times that something I've heard countless times in a song will stick out to me in a way that it never has before. Southern Gospel is my favorite genre' of music, but I listen to some Praise and Worship music pretty often also. The last few days, I have been listening to a worship CD by my favorite groups for worship music; Phillips, Craig, and Dean. They released a "best of" CD of their worship songs a couple of years ago titled "Here I am to Worship: 16 Timeless Worship Anthems."

  As I listened to the CD this morning on my way to work, the song "You Are My King (Amazing Love)" played. I have heard the song countless times, but a phrase stuck out to me this time and has been on my mind all day long.

 The chorus of the song goes like this:

Amazing love, how can it be?
That you, my king. would die for me
Amazing love, I know it's true
Its my joy to honor you
Amazing love how can it be?
That my king would die for me
Amazing love I know it's true
Its my joy to honor you
In all I do
I honor you

  That last part is what has been on my mind all day: Its my joy to honor you, In all I do I honor you.

  It is a Biblical idea. I Corinthians 10:31 says "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

  So I have been thinking about this idea all day about honoring God in all I do........ and it being my joy. It is a rather heavy and sobering thought. Do I honor God in all I do? The honest question is most likely not. All comprises a lot.....in fact, it comprises everything in my life.... all of it:

The words I say

The music I listen to

How I spend my spare time

Who I spend time with

How I spend my money

What I post on Facebook

How I do my job

My sexual identity and what I do with it

What I read

What movies I watch

How I dress

What I think about

What I eat

What I blog about

How I drive

Who I vote for

     And the list could go on for a long time. This being a Christian and truly serving God isn't an eight hour job we punch in for and then punch out and go do our thing until the next day. It is a daily taking up our cross, denying ourselves, doing what His will is... not what ours is. It is being less like the world and more like Jesus.

  It is honoring Him in all we do. That means we won't dress in some ways. It means we won't go after all of the world's styles, fashions, and fads. It means we won't read everything the world reads or watch everything the world watches. We won't go certain places, we won't use certain words, we will be in the world but not of it or like it.

  I have a finger pointing at myself when I say this, but I fear we American Christians fail miserably at honoring God in all we do. I feel convicted that I need to do better. I feel I need to seek God's will in more than I do.

  It has been my prayer lately that God will make me into the man I should be, and that I'd find His will for my life.... not mine. That is a start, but I want Him to help me honor Him in all I do........ and to have joy in doing it.

  To honor God in all we do is a tall order, yet we wouldn't be commanded to do everything to the glory of God if it were not possible to do that with His help. We owe  Him everything for what He has done for us. Let's honor Him in everything we do.

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