ALL FOR HIS GLORY



He saw an SMS a young Christian sent out to someone he is hoping to work out a relationship with, it ended with the “I love you so much” signature and he went berserk and then asked “isn’t it sin to tell someone you’ve not married that you love her?” And I replied quickly “if loving someone is a crime, God committed it first. I communicate my love for someone boldly because I know it’s genuine”. There was another case where a certain Christian saw another believer drinking a fruit drink produced by a company that produces beer and she went gaga with a loud question “don’t you know this is sin?”. It happens when we dress in certain designs or wear certain make up and some Christians looks at us with the “isn’t that a sin?” eyes.

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Sometimes we are so bent on discovering if what people do is sin or not sin. That is where you see people asking “is this one sin? Is that one sin? Is that dress sin? Is this makeup sin?”. Reasons why people keep asking those questions is because they don’t understand that Christians are designed to live for God’s glory. God says 

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“everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7

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Who are the people called by God’s name? It is believers in Christ Jesus (1 John 4:17), and we are new creations of God and we are created for God’s glory! Trying hard to see if this is sin and that is sin isn’t Christianity, we should be rather living for God’s glory by default. This is made possible by being conscious of your salvation and not conscious of sin. No wonder the Bible says “work out your salvation” and not “work for your salvation”. This part of the scripture confuses so many people. The Bible didn’t ask that we work to get saved, it simply says we should show forth our salvation and it also reminded us that it is God who works in us both to desire and to act it out! You see, when you are conscious of this, you see yourself living in the light of your salvation. Let’s see that passage:

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“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:12‭-‬13 NLT

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Many believers are limited by what some other persons think. We hear stuffs like “that kind of make up is sin… that kind of food is sin… that music rhythm is sin… that dress is sin and so on” and because of what people think we become so limited in our freedom simply because we have sin consciousness. Paul wrote 

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“For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks?” – 1 Corinthians 10:29 NLT

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All that we need to cloud our mind with is how to showcase God’s glory and not how to be free from sin. We are already free from sin the moment we came to Christ. Saying that we are not free from sin is like saying that the death of Jesus on the cross was a waste. We were saved for good works and we do good works to bring glory to God’s name. We can do this by allowing Christ through His word to filter our thoughts and actions. Let’s not confuse the work of Christ in us with the prompting of religion and people’s ideas. There is a difference between avoiding a certain dress because you’re afraid of what people will say and avoiding that dress because your spirit rejected it. Many times people are led by other people’s opinion and they think it’s the spirit that is leading them. A young Nigerian girl said to me “it’s not like I don’t fancy trousers but my dad says it’s a sin and therefore woman who wears it is going to hell. That’s why I keep preaching it to my friends because I want to save them from hell”. Oh, really? The Bible says

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“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” – Colossians 3:17 NLT

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We are in a world where people criticize you because you didn’t dress according to their own definition of decency, where people criticize you because you don’t attend their own kind of Church gathering, where people find fault all over you as long as their Pastor have told them a certain way is the only way a Christian should behave. For instance, I met a Christian who was unkempt arguing that Christians who use perfumes and make up are not Christians at all and I politely said to her “it’s crazy to be a Christian and look unkempt. Stop telling the world lies about Jesus by dressing terrible. Jesus didn’t come to make us terrible, He came to make us perfect”. I approached her that way because she had this flawed understanding that Christianity means “not minding how bad you dress as long as you aren’t wearing trousers, tight gowns and skirt that aren’t below the knees”. I met another woman in the market, she is a petty trader who sells match boxes and small utensils and she dressed unkempt and smell like fish. When another customer advised her to start using deodorants and perfumes she said “no… I can’t use those things from the marine Kingdom… I don’t want to sin. I smell like Jesus”. That is terrible!

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Those who are sin conscious sin in everything they do without even knowing it. The more they try to be perfect they sin more in their act of trying to be righteous. But when you are always conscious of your salvation, you live in thanksgiving and all your day is filled with grateful heart for what God did in your life. The Bible says

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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

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Let me tell you the one way to live for God’s glory. Keep loving the Lord, keep loving your neighbours with genuine love of Christ. Don’t try carrying rules and regulations around, don’t flip up the ten commandments to monitor when you fail or when you don’t fail… No… just love people around you including those who hate you and you see your actions being filtered by the love of Christ that richly dwells in you. Jesus says,

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“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:34‭-‬35 NLT

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God bless you

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#KingGeorge 

#GracefulGeorge 

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