Firstly, I write to crystallize my thoughts to understand the convictions of my heart.
Secondly, I write to express the faith and hope that abides within me as an anchor for my soul.
Thirdly, I write to encourage others in the faith and hope that abides within me.
To bring us to the final, fourth, point, I write to glorify God!
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” [Colossians 3:17 NKJV]
In Colossians 3:17 as a Christ follower, I am exhorted to “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”. If Jesus has died for my sins that I might have eternal life with Him and the Father, then all my thanks and focus in life is to be to the honor of His name, His glory. I am nothing and have done nothing in the strength, wisdom, or power of my flesh and feeble mind. No gift that I could give is worthy of Him. In thanksgiving I give Him the duty of obedience done from a heart driven by love because of His great sacrifice for me. I am dead to self to seek only His highest honor in all that I do.
So whatever I write, speak, do, or even think is to be examined in light of God’s Holy Scripture. For the word of His Scripture is profitable to provide and empower me to live rightly and do what pleases Him. His Word is my delight and the rule of life for me.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” [2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV]
Because of all that the Lord Jesus has done for me, I owe Him my life, my breath, my all. And because of His goodness in what He has done, I rest in the sure hope that He only seeks my highest good. I understand that my highest good is to be transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ in word, deed, and thought! In this work of His love for my highest good, I find the greatest joy to be found!
All glory be to Thee, my God;
Great things You’ve done for me.
I bow my head; my feet unshod;
I drop to bended knee.
I praise You, Sovereign, Holy One;
New life You’ve given me.
I’ll follow footsteps of Your Son
To ever with You be.
To Thee, my God, I’ll ever raise
The glories of Your name.
I’ll take no claim for any praise
To You goes all the fame.
I am not my own. I write to the glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He alone is my joy, my hope, and my life.
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