The Really Good Life

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    Day 1: Glorious Eating and Drinking

    Read 1 Corinthians 10:14-33.

    Paul uses the example of being invited over to an unbeliever’s house for dinner and says, “Eat whatever is put in front of you without raising any questions.” However, if your host tells you, “By the way, the food we’re about to enjoy was previously offered as a sacrifice to a demon,” he tells the Corinthians not to eat it, for the sake of the host and their conscience. By doing so, he says you’ll be setting an example of God’s holiness and God’s presence and influence in your life. After this hypothetical situation, Paul writes in verse 31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

    Every small, mundane, ordinary behavior, thought, and word has the potential to bring glory to God. In short, this means to honor God and highlight his presence in your life so that an unbelieving world would have the opportunity to see God in you.

    Pray: Ask God for continual reminders throughout your day to glorify him with every activity you engage in. God, may you be glorified when I eat breakfast. God, may you be glorified when I am driving. God, may you be glorified in how I relate to my co-workers. God, may you be glorified in my thoughts.

    Day 2: Glorious Sleep

    Read Psalm 121:3-4.

    God does not sleep. You NEED sleep. One-third of your life is spent sleeping. Have you ever thought that God can be glorified by your sleep? Yes, you are able to honor God by how you sleep!

    When you really think about it, sleeping is a way that we experience humility and exercise trust. We HAVE to sleep. Our bodies will begin to break down and we will eventually die if we do not sleep. We are not God. We are dependent on God and sleep.

    Trust is a main theme in Scripture as we follow God. So, we must lay ourselves down and close our eyes. We become defenseless for several hours as we are unconscious to the world around us. And we trust. We trust that we will wake up when the alarm goes off. We trust that God watches over us. We trust that we will have renewed energy for the next day.

    Reflect: Do you get the proper amount of sleep you need to perform at a high level the next day? Are you being a good steward of the hours you are awake by making sure you get enough sleep?

    Pray: Father, I am humbled by sleep. I am dependent on you for this gift and I desire to grow in trusting you as I am able to receive sleep. Please give me the sense of your presence as I sleep and glorify yourself in it.

    Day 3: Glorious Work

    You will spend one-third of your adult life doing work. You were created in Christ Jesus to do good work and the work you are to be doing was prepared in advance for you!

    Reflect: “Lord, when I feel that what I’m doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it” (Brennan Manning, Souvenirs of Solitude: Finding Rest in Abba’s Embrace).

    God created you to glorify him and one of the ways we do that is by completing the work he has created us for. Engaging in good work, believing that you are making a difference, breathes purpose into your life. Consider the words of Jesus in John 17:4: “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”

    Pray: Father, fill my life with your glory. Remind me today that you have created me to flourish in the work you have prepared for me to complete. When I begin to grumble at the seemingly insignificant tasks of the day, I ask that your Holy Spirit would prompt me to change my posture and remind me that my work matters and glorifies you.

    Day 4: Glorious Ministry

    Read Ephesians 4:11-13.

    One-third of your life is spent sleeping. Another one-third of your life is spent working. The last one-third includes everything else. “Everything else” includes your TV and movie watching, dating, vacations, reading, playing, hobbies, and should also include some form of ministry.

    God has uniquely created you and equipped you with gifts and abilities that are to be used to bless the world. More specifically, your gifts and abilities are to be used “so that the body of Christ may be built up” and for all of us in the church to become united.

    If you are part of the church, the body of Christ, then you have been given gifts and abilities along with the responsibility to invest and serve other people in the church. Ministry is not just for people who went to Bible school or for those who are ordained, but for everyone who is part of the community.

    Living Word is a unique church in that there are numerous opportunities to serve and invest in each other, as well as in the community.

    Reflect: How are you gifted? Do some self-examination and ask yourself where your skills, gifts, and resources could best be used for ministry and unity in the church.

    Day 5: Glorious Transformation

    Read Psalm 8:5: “You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”

    An interesting thought is that God shares his glory with us. He actually created us in his image with his glory. Pastor Aaron taught last week that this image has been broken and marred. So, part of our pursuit as believers is to continually be transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory!

    Read 2 Corinthians 3:18: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

    Pray: Father, give me the desire and remind me to move through my day, as busy as it is, reflecting your glory. And in doing so, I ask that your Holy Spirit continue to transform me into the likeness of Jesus. Let me become glorious for your glory!

    Day 6: Glorious Weight

    The Hebrew word for glory carries the idea of making something heavy or weighty, as opposed to making light of something.

    Glory is also connected to the very presence of God.

    “…the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:14)

    “…the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)

    Is the glory of God … the weight of God … heavy enough in your life that it causes you to move? Does God’s glorious weight and presence in your life outweigh your glory?

    Pray: Father, let your glory fill every nook and cranny of my life. Let your presence be heavy enough to influence my decision making in order to bring you more glory.

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