Journal Entry ~ 12/27/17

"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us).  - Matthew 1:23

If we truly believe that Jesus is Immanuel, then we should live as if God is with us.  Our lives should glorify God in all that we do - we should be God’s representative to everyone we encounter. 

Throughout scripture, there are multiple examples of glorifying God. We know the Heavens declare the glory of God, and all of creation sings His name. God named the Israelites as His people, then led and protected them so they would glorify Him. Of course, the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being came down to earth as His son, Jesus, so that we could see God’s glory up close and personal. Jesus showed us how to live a life that glorified God in all that He does. 

We have been given the privilege glorifying God with our lives.  What does that look like?  How do we emulate His life through ours?  We can live to show others what the love, justice, integrity, trustworthiness, mercy, and grace of God are like in real life. Glorifying God means to express the reality of His attitudes, actions, and character in and through our lives.  Of course, we can’t be all that He is, or demonstrate the same measure of love, grace, and mercy as He shows us on our own. But He made a way for us to glorify Him. He sent God to be with us, to live in us. 

Many of us have people in our lives we long to come to know Jesus. How they would be impacted if we were to live a life as Jesus along side them!  If we were to love those people in our lives who struggle, show patience and kindness to those who are challenging, forgive those who sin against us, show grace and mercy in the face of adversity, we can be Jesus to those who need to know Him. And we will glorify Him as He loves through us. 

Press on~ you are loved 💗


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