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For Him – Through Him – And To His Glory

Romans 11:36

For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

One of my favorite sayings (I need to write a book someday with all of my sayings) is something like – may God work in us – through us – and in spite of us. My desire is for God to work in me – through me – and in spite of me everyday. In me – to make changes in me so I can reflect Jesus more and more. Through me – so that as people see me they will not see me so much as they see Jesus working through me. In spite of me – there will be times I fail to allow God to work in me or through me – and it is these times I pray that God will do God’s thing – in spite of me.

Today’s passage is very similar – in that it gives all the credit to God working His works. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Romans 11:33–36 – 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

We need to realize that all we have and all we are is a product of God’s work in us – through us – and in spite of us. Too often we try to take credit for the good we do or the good that happens to us. When we tithe – for instance – we are merely giving a tenth of our income back to the One who gave it to us – God.

If we humbled ourselves more – realizing that God is the One at work in us – through us – and in spite of us – we would be in a better place before God. Giving God the glory for all He does is what we are called to do – rather than beat our chest and claim we have done anything!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

January 19, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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