Memory Verse: "For of him, and through him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." (Rm.11:36, KJV)
Scripture Reading: Jere.13:15-17 & Mal.2:1-4.
"To Whom be glory forever" should be the single desire of the believer. All other wishes must be subservient and tributary to this one.
The Christian can desire to be prosperous in his business, but only so far as it may help him to promote this truth- "To whom be glory forever." He may covet more gifts and graces, but it should only be for God's glory.
You are not living as you ought to when you are moved by any other motive than a single eye to your Lord's glory. As a Christian, you are "of God, and through God," God, the world and even the devil expects you to live "for God."
Let nothing ever set your heart beating so mightily as love to the Father. Let this ambition fire your soul; make this the foundation upon which every enterprise is built, and let this be your sustaining motive whenever your zeal grows cold; make God your only Object. Depend upon it because where living for self begins, sorrow also begins.
Let your desire to live for God's glory be a growing one.
Daddy and mummy, remember how you blessed him in your youth, do not be satisfied giving Him the same kind of praises now as you gave Him back then. Young folks, let living for God's glory become our focus for living, "For in him we live and move and have our being" (see Acts 17:28). This has to become our driving force.
Has God prospered you in business? Give Him more as He has given you more. Has God given you experience? Praise him by showing stronger faith than you exercised at first. Have you grown in the knowledge of God? Then let the fear of God consume you. Do you enjoy happier times than you once had? Have you been restored from sickness and has your sorrow been turned into peace and joy? Then give Him more music; put more coals and more sweet frankincense into the censer of your praise.
In simple english, practically honour Him with your life by putting the "Amen" to this doxology to your great and gracious Lord, by your own individual service and increasing holiness.
1 Sam.2:30 says it all: "...for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed." You want God to honour you? Let living for His glory become your reason for living. Your season of honour is here.
Ponder Point: Living for self and not for God's glory is the point where sorrow begins; it's only a matter of time.
Action Point: Live for God's glory.
Prayer Point: Lord, I ask that You deliver me from the trap of living for self. I release and immerse myself into this truth. Let my life bring You glory in Jesus name, Amen.