Happy New Year, Church Project!! It's the beginning of a new year. The right time to renew and rethink God's vision for our Church. This year God is asking more of us than ever before. To follow Jesus forward will mean we will have to be willing to be uncomfortable. This week's devos are designed to remind us that God has already equipped and empowered us to be and do all He's called us to do. This week, as you read the daily devos, think deeply, pray earnestly, and live expectantly. Be sure to share these with others.
“To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Many people often wonder, “Why are we on Planet Earth?” While this is a complex, esoteric question, perhaps we are here for a Kingdom purpose.
The Kingdom to which we have been called is a Kingdom of God’s glory. Our calling is directly related to His presence. We are here to make His glory known – to express the presence of God. He wants to “move around” and be seen and known through us, just like He moved around and was seen and known in the Tabernacle of the Old Testament.
In fact, until this time, God’s glory has been in a burning bush, on the face of Moses, in a cloud by day and a fire at night, in a tabernacle, and in a temple. But God’s glory is now in a new home. If we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then the hope of God’s presence on earth now rests inside you and me. God’s hope of making His presence known down here is placed inside us – Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Just imagine, you are the “home” for God’s glory! What an incredible honor, blessing, and privilege. You are to bear and express the glory of God wherever you go! “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) The Creator has a hope and desire for your life. His heart is longing to engage you in divine purpose.
What thoughts and feelings do you have about being trusted as a “bearer” of God’s glory? What does it do to your heart to know that God is longing for you to extend His presence and express His glory?
Father, what a wonder it is that I can express Your presence – Your life and love – in my world; make me ever mindful of this privilege. Might Your Spirit stir me often with gratitude, wonder, and praise.