is to glorify God! Nothing else!
"What" you ask, "Is that my only purpose? I cant do that all the time, Its impossible, What a boring life."
Well lets look at the life of Paul, again. Paul was a prime example of glorifying God.
Paul's constant concern was for the maturing of the people to whom he ministered. That was his burden and the desire of his heart, that the people to whom he ministered would mature. That is the burden of any teacher.
Philippians 1:9-11 (NKJV) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Paul had a passion for the spiritual development of His People and we see this passion in his prayer life. There are many verses in Paul's letters that are prayers about his people that he ministered to. Paul wants His people to grow and mature their spiritual development for example in this verse:
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NKJV) For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Paul prayed for their spiritual needs.
Prayer is our duty. Prayerlessness is a declaration of self-sufficiency, which is pride! On the other hand, prayer is a declaration of our dependency. Does your prayer life declare that you are dependant upon God for everything?
So how can I apply that in my own life:
- It is every believers duty to pray for each other, all the time
- The greatest christian virtue is love. LOVE one another. A special kind of love,...a christian love.
- Pray that your friends and family act in love for one another and love them.BUT, you cannot love others if you do not love the Lord. Apart for the Lord we don't have the ability to love
- DO not judge others (DIFFICULT????). Who are we to judge others? We all have our own issues and if people judge us, let them. Yes its hard, in fact its extremely difficult to listen to people down us or talk about us behind our backs, but leave it up to God to sort them out. Don't act in an un-christian way.
- Be sincere to your family and friends. This means having a spotless inner self.Don't lie to them (DIFFICULT???). Be genuine, honest and have integrity. You will see that Paul prays for these things in his letters as well.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.