DEVOTIONS AND SERMONS

                 Index

 
Our Life
 

Our life is not about us but about God. Our life -we love, don't we! Every one sees their life as precious. When we start thinking we go to the beginning. Why were we created - why did God create me!

1. Created To Have Relationship With God

Genesis 1:26-27
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.


Here we see God creating the world. He created everything, but he thought that the world is still not complete . Then he goes to create a very special being that is the mankind why did he create him! To rule the whole creation! Do you all agree with this? That's what we are doing right now.The mankind has taken over the earth. But why did He create man? Only to be a man to control the earth or something else? If that's the only reason He could have created a monster to control the whole earth. So we see the big difference, God created us in his own image, in his own godly nature. He created us to love him and have a good relationship. It's the same relationship we have with our children.

We love our children very much and we expect our children to love us. If they don't love us and achieve every thing in the world, our heart will be broken. There is a spot God has put in every one of us living in this earth. It will not be filled by anything except with love and relationship with God. Today are we fulfilling the primary purpose, why we are created? Are we seeking God! Do we desire to have that relationship with God?

We all want to have eternal life. What is eternal life!

John 17:3
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Knowing God is eternal life. Start knowing about God now and not after we die. But the process starts here. How do we know God? By studying the Bible. Bible is God's love letter for us. It tells us how much God will love us. To have that relationship with God we need to start what God is. If we have to have good relationship with our friend, we need to know who he is, appreciate his great qualities then automatically we will have great relationship with him. That's why we need to take personal responsibility to study and see what Gods qualities are.

2. Called To Live In The Light

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Bible says God called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. Why did God call us into his kingdom? What does it mean to us? As disciples God called us out of darkness to have a fellowship in light. Today being in the light are we the one who fellowships in light are we still wandering in the darkness. The darkness is nothing but our sinful life. We became disciples but are we still walking in darkness?

Matthew 5:14-16
14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.


Is our light visible? Is our light shining before men so that God is glorified? We need to let our light shine.

Luke 11:34-35
34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.
35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.


3. Chosen To Glorify God

John 15:8-16
8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.


Jesus said you did not choose me I chose you. We are chosen to be in his kingdom. We are Gods children. We are chosen to glorify God's name. How are we going to glorify God. Bible says by bearing fruit.

John 12:23-28
23 Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
28 Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again."


From this scripture, we can see glory means sacrificing our life. God chose us so that we live a sacrificial life. Many of us when we go through sacrificial time we become very emotional, get bad attitude and start complaining. But that's the time we have to control self and glorify God. That's what Jesus did, before going to the cross it was a very difficult time, at that time he said let your name be glorified in heaven. There is a voice yes, my son I will glorify you I will glorify you again. When you have dream to do great things for God we might have to do lot of sacrifice in our life, that's the way we glorify God.

We have to understand the life is not about us, it is about God. God has created us to have relationship with Him. He called us to live in the light and let the light shine. He chose us to glorify His name.