March 16, 2022

This Purpose of God

Serve God with single mind and willing heart, for the Lord searches every mind. 

 1 Chronicles 28:9
It is by his working in us, and not by our working in ourselves, that this purpose of God in our creation is to be accomplished. And if it appears that some of us are too far removed from any conformity to the image of Christ for such a transformation ever to be wrought, we must remember that our Maker is not finished making us yet. The day will come when the work begun in Genesis shall be finished in Revelation, and the whole Creation—as well as ourselves—shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
 Hannah Whitall Smith, God of all Comfort (alt.)

Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.
 Hebrews 13:20-21
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Holy and eternal God, give us such trust in your sure purpose, that we measure our lives not by what we have done or failed to do, but by our faithfulness to you. Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
 A New Zealand Prayer Book
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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