“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15.5-7 ESV)
To close out this month’s devotions, we look at this Scripture with is a blessing. God is a God of encouragement and endurance. It parallels yesterday’s devotion in calling for unity. God is the one who can give life to such unity. With all our differences, He can work within us allowing us to work toward one purpose. As we “welcome one another” and as we lead others into the Kingdom of God, He is glorified.
What is the chief purpose for a man’s life? What is the main reason for salvation? Some would say different things to answer these questions. I would insist that our reason for living and the reason for God granting us salvation if solely for the glory of God. That is what we live for. That is why we are called to be humble. If we accomplish something in life we should give God the glory. We should never think we deserve the praise. To God alone belongs the glory! (1 Peter 4.11)
As we walk through our daily lives, let us seek first God’s Kingdom, and seek to bring Him glory by how we act- especially to fellow Christians. As people see us doing the things that glorify God it will be a testimony to them and they will be opened up for the Gospel. (Matthew 5.16)