From, For, and Through

“For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

“In him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28a

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” Colossians 1:15-18

Life is full of prepositional activity. We move by initiative, travel in and along and through, work under orders, live for our passions, rest upon our laurels, identify by our accomplishments. In the spiritual realm, prepositions all stem from and center around and end in the Lord. He made us to be captivated by and enthralled with Him so we can live for His glory and purposes.

What does it mean to have been made by the Lord to exist for Him and live through Him? What would I look and sound like if I decreased and Jesus increased in my plans and motivations and goals? How differently would I behave at church, in my workplace, among my family, if I was truly living all for Jesus? What transformation of mindset and heart and will it take to be less of me and more of Him? (John 3:30)

“All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed pow’rs,
all my thoughts and words and doings,
all my days and all my hours.

Let my hands perform his bidding,
let my feet run in his ways;
let my eyes see Jesus only,
let my lips speak forth his praise.

Worldlings prize their gems of beauty,
cling to gilded toys of dust,
boast of wealth and fame and pleasure;
only Jesus will I trust.

Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus,
I’ve lost sight of all beside;
so enchained my spirit’s vision,
looking at the Crucified.

O what wonder! How amazing!
Jesus, glorious King of kings,
deigns to call me his beloved,
lets me rest beneath his wings.” ~Mary D. Power

God who fills the universe created and called us for a life that is full indeed. Only by Him is our way unobstructed, only in Him are we able to bypass distraction and progress through His next instruction. When we, as stewards, gratefully receive our days as a gift from Him, He empowers us to exercise our efforts for Him, through His Spirit’s strength, joy, and will. (John 10:10b)

Do I say I live for Jesus, but my world and mindset revolve around me? Do I identify as the Lord’s, but behave as though I and my resources are mine?

Jesus, please reorder anything that needs a shift in my loves and intentions. Fill me with the desire and courage to live all and only for You, to the magnification of Your power and glory.

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