As we come to the end of another year, it’s always a good time to take stock. What have I done with the talents, the gifts, the opportunities God has given me in 2013? And what will I do with them in 2014?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always act as if God has the Power, the Kingdom and the Glory, but Jesus wasn’t offering it as a choice. He was stating it as a fact.
God has the Power.
He is in complete charge of the Kingdom.
And He deserves all the Glory.
This isn’t an excuse for a guilt trip – but a reminder to BELIEVE what Jesus said.
If I believe God has the Power, I will step out in faith in 2014, knowing He has the strength to achieve what He has set out to do in me and through me – and that I need not fear because He is with me.
If I believe that God rules the Kingdom – no other powers will prevail. And all that there is is part of that Kingdom – I do not need to divide things into ‘religious’ or ‘secular’ – it is all one. I am serving God’s kingdom if I put out tea and coffee cups for church, if I offer guests hospitality or if I do the talk for the service. I am serving God whether I do the accounts (if I do them diligently and to the best of my God-given ability, as Colossians 3 v 23 says- in the New International Version: ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters’ ), whether I serve customers at a supermarket checkout or whether I am employed by the church in some capacity – and every other job in between.
And finally, if I believe that God deserves all the Glory – I will bear witness to that Glory all around me – in the myriad blessings I receive every day, from the radiant light patterns in the sky, to the sounds of my children playing. I will give Him thanks for all that He is, and all that He gives me – and give back to Him the praise that is due.
For ever and ever!
And finally … a very Happy New Year to all – Frances x
(Because I couldn’t resist!)
Picture credits: Pic1: http://www.karipatterson.com/2013/01/02/reflection-questions-for-2012/; Pic 2: http://tapiture.com/image/no-looking-back; Pic. 3: http://thesmashable.com/happy-new-year-2014-wallpapers-hd-happy-new-year-hd-backgrounds/