Today’s prompt: Open
It’s about 10pm on a Thursday evening and I’ve just got back from pastorate. For those you who don’t know what that is, it’s basically a group of people from church meeting up in the week. Ours is particularly a young adults pastorate, made up of people in their 20s and 30s mostly. That’s not to say we’d exclude those a little older, but it feels right to have an age-based group at the moment. I help make the pastorate happen alongside my husband and a friend of ours.
It’s great! There’s around 30 of us, although this varies on a weekly basis as to how many actually make it.
Anywho, there’s a little context for you!
This week an amazing lovely lady who is part of the pastorate shared on glorifying God. You probably can’t read my handwriting in the photo ,and if you can I’m not certain it will make sense! We talked first about how we can glorify God and what that means. We came to the decision that 1 Peter 4:8 tells us pretty well..
8Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Okay, cool! But what does that practically look like in today’s day to day life? Well, it can be in what you eat or drink, honouring your body and maintaining control. It could be through your language and taming that tongue against negativity and gossip. It could also be through suffering, service, showing love.. and simply telling someone about the beautiful gospel truth of Jesus. All of these glorify God as we put Him first in situations where it’s all too easy to just settle into doing what we want, what the world asks of us, or what others demand.
So what happens when we glorify God?
- First of all – He is glorified! Haha you have to start simply. But He gets the glory that only He deserves
- We receive satisfaction – God gets the most glory when we’re most satisfied. That doesn’t mean when we have it all but when we’re satisfied that He has it all under control and we’re happy to trust Him
- Joy happens! It’s an uncontainable by-product of glorifying God
- We receive God’s tangible glory
And then, in a stunningly beautiful way, we are drawn to worship and glorify God all over again!
My question to you is this – how open are you to glorify God? How many things are holding you back, how much fear is creeping into your mind when you experience that joy, how many (little or big) steps are you taking daily to glorify His wonderful name?
I challenge myself with that as well. If you have found opening yourself up that little bit more to glorifying God has had any outcome, I’d love to know!
Also, please be aware I stole all of this from that lovely lady at pastorate, but I found it so helpful and wise that I wanted to share it with you too. When I got home and saw the prompt was ‘Open’ it seemed to be just perfect!