Prayer for the day
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
Scripture for the day
Have you ever thought about your life? Really thought about it? About every aspect, every single thing that you do, and whether or not it has some sort of purpose?
For most of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the routine of our lives, easy to move through our days unthinking, unreflective.
The things that we do on a regular basis, the things that we do without thought…the scriptures tell us that everything has a purpose, that everything we do ought to have something to do with who we are and who we serve.
The Psalmist speaks of obedience. He says that it’s the true joy and blessing, that the greatest thing in life is to learn obedience to the commands of God.
The obedience he talks about, the way to true life, is resting secure in the life that God designs for us, a life that is bent to the will of God.
Paul talks about this life as a life of service to God through service to others. Paul’s understanding of the life devoted to God is that everything we do, every single thing we encounter and attempt in our lives, ought to be dedicated to the glory of God. The lives we live need to be not just dedicated, but fully surrendered to God’s service.
Every single thing we do, says Paul, is something that is surrendered to God, something that we’re doing to serve God in some way. We give thanks for the things that we eat, the things that we do, the things that we wear and see. And in that giving thanks, God’s glory is revealed.
May what we do and see and say bring glory and honour to our God as we seek to serve him through serving others.