We were created in God’s image…born out of love. We were designed to walk with our Lord…but, our willful pride separated us, long ago…When we thought we could do “better.”
WE ARE NOT AN ACCIDENT…WE HAVE A PURPOSE THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:1).
WE WERE CREATED IN HIS IMAGE…DESIGNED TO EXHIBIT HIS CHARACTERISTICS…to RESEMBLE OUR FATHER
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
These things we chase after…God freely gives
WE WERE CREATED TO SHARE…TO LOVE
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20)
OUR DIFFERENCES, OUR STRENGTHS, OUR WEAKNESSES….ARE INTENTIONAL
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully (Romans 12:4-8).
IF WE REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND PRAISE THE ONE WHO MADE US…
“even the stones would cry out”
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy” -Psalm 96:11-12
WE WILL FIND GOD IN OUR WORSHIP…OUR PRAISE…OUR GRATEFUL HEART.
“God inhabits (dwells in) the praise of his people” -Psalm 22:3
As we take time to give thanks…we open the door to hope
As we practice gratitude… God gives us Himself.
“I will enter His Courts in Praise:)” -Psalm 100:4