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Living it God’s Way

By: Admin on August 15, 2013

We know and believe in Jesus. We are learning what the Bible says to us. Now let’s just go out and live it! The question is, “Why?” What is our motivation to “live it?” We live our faith for someone else: for God and for Jesus who is the author of our faith and life. Our “living it” isn’t to make us happy, it is to make God happy. In the end, by living it for God we get all the blessings.

Everything in our life is about God. What we do, say, attempt and work at needs to be focused on God. What we plan, do and say should ultimately direct other people to God. Do we need some Bible proof? Check out these passages from the Bible:

Exodus 20:1 - 7 - Laws concerning God as the ONLY God
1 Chronicles 16:24 - Declare His Glory
Psalm 19:1 - heavens declare the glory of God, skies his work
Psalm 113:4 - God exalted over everything
Isaiah 42:8 - Doesn’t share glory
Isaiah 59:19 - all people will revere him
Ezra 20:9, 14, 22 - For the sake of His name He forgave Israel for their rebellion
Ephesians 1:6 - chosen for His name’s sake
Ephesians 1:11, 12 - we are his purpose for his glory
Ephesians 1:14 - given the guarantee of salvation for his glory
Philippians 2:9 - 11 - Jesus given highest name and all will bow to him to the glory of God
Colossians 1:15 - 19 - Everything related to Jesus is for God
Colossians 3:17 - Everything for Christ, giving thanks to God
Revelation 7:12 - all praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honour, power and strength to God forever

What does this “giving glory to God” look like? How do we live this out in our daily lives? It's not just in church or church-related meetings, it has to be shown at home, in street, in the store, at work, in the classroom and on vacation. In other words, God becomes our life.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 - 2 - Living It to Please God
1As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God,as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

In 1 Thessalonians 1, Paul said he and his teammates were living and teaching as they were not to please people but to please God. Now, Paul commends the Thessalonians for living their lives in the same way: to please God, and encourages them to keep it up.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 - 8: Living it to be Holy
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

God’s will, plan and purpose is for us to be sanctified, which means to be consecrated, a variation of the word which means to separate for a specific purpose. (Thayer Greek Lexicon #38; from #37). God has a purpose for us, we are to be “set aside” for his special use. This purpose is not for sexual immorality. God is not against sex, rather against sexual immorality - God’s design and purpose for the sexual relationship is that it is between and man and woman who are married to one another.

We are to control our bodies. This is a business term which means to take legal possession of something (Thayer #2932) in accordance with the special plan God has for us.

Ultimately we are to be Holy (Separated) and honourable which means worthy of being honoured. We are not to be seeking out a way to get a personal benefit by taking advantage of another Christ follower.

God doesn’t want us to be impure, rather wants us to be “holy” - to live a life worthy of Him, that reflects Jesus, that goes against the current and easy way out of following our temptations and weaknesses.

Even fulfilling or rejecting this teaching reflects back on God we don’t reject the teacher, parent, preacher, government - we are rejecting God because this call comes directly from Him.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 - 12 Living It everyday in Love
9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

The two main commandments are love God and love others. Living the Holy life shows a love for God and living a holy life results in loving others. Never be satisfied where you are in terms of loving others, always do it more and more.

Be ambitions to lead a quiet life. This does not mean being lazy, isolated and doing nothing. The idea is to have a purpose driven life that involves focusing on loving God and loving others and not being distracted and running all over the place doing whatever, being harried and worried about stuff to do and places to go (based on Thayer #2270).

This manifests itself by minding your own business. Gossip is out because there is no love for a person or the truth, details are tantalizing and don’t reflect self-control.

We are told to work with your hands: no laziness, do your job.

This results in the respect of “outsiders” - those who don’t know Jesus but are watching you as you live out this new life according to the changes Jesus is doing in your life.

We also will not be dependent - not putting an undue burden on others, in other words, if you have the ability to take care of yourself, then do it, don’t force others to care for you and thus steal from those who have real needs. In fact: you will have to be able to give.

Topics: giving, god, love, message series

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