Thursday, September 05, 2013

September 5, 2013 … Striving for Significance

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 248

Devotional Song: Go to this link ...  Please take in this powerful and pertinent song sung by the group, Casting Crowns, singing Who Am I?, helping us to remember not where or why we find significance … but rather, in WHOM we find our purpose for life.

Highlight meditation passage – Psalms 90: 17 [A prayer in song by Moses] [NLT]:  
17 And may the Lord our God show us His approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful! 
Highlight reading study of Psalms, Chapters 90: Go to this link … 

Reference Passage #1: Isaiah 26: 12 [We are reminded by God through the Prophet as to Whom we serve and Who provides us with our purpose in life.] … [NLT] …  
12 LORD, you will grant us peace, for all we have accomplished is really from You.

  Reference Passage #2: Romans 12: 1 [Our work is our worship; … our worship is our significance in this life.] … [NLT] …
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.

My Journal for Today: Why am I here; for what purpose am I created to serve God’s design? The question of our significance is one of those driving influences in doing what we do and striving to do it as well as we can, … isn’t it?

Today, from Os Hillman’s workplace devotional, he leads his readers (i.e., that’s me) to Psalm 90, the oldest of all of the Psalms, in which Moses prays to recognize that, as in the last verse from that Psalm, copied above (from Psalms 90: 17) we get our significance and our sense of “success” only from what we do and how we live for God.

Isaiah, the Prophet, recognized this truth about our significance in life when he wrote in Isaiah 26: 12 that “ … all we have accomplished is really from [God].” My friend, when we put our faith in God as our Lord and Savior, He imparted at least one Spirit-imparted gift to be able to serve Him, as Paul wrote about in Romans 12: 1, becoming a “living sacrifice” for His glory.

So the question rises today from my meditation, “Do we do what we do for earthly gain or for the recognition of other men; or are we do what we do because it is our worship of the One Who has planted us where we are, doing what we do, for HIS glory?” 

 I pray that we all can answer that as our personal answer to the question posed by Casting Crowns in their song, linked above, Who am I? Because if we can see that all we do and who we are is wrapped up in what we do for God’s glory, then we have become what Paul wrote about in the truth of Romans 12: 1; and our work has become our worship of the One Who made us whom we are for His glory.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, let what I do be ONLY for Your glory today. … Amen

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