Take a walk on the beach at dusk or hike to the top of a mountain and you will know–this world is glorious. Its glory is experienced not just in extravagant landscapes but also in simple pleasures like food, friendship, and meaningful work. But for all it’s glory, this world doesn’t quite fulfill us. It only whets our appetites for something bigger; something outside of this world. That’s because we were made to live for the glory of God, and nothing in this world can compare to that. Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series on Knowing the One and Only God.
The half committed Christian is the most miserable person on earth. He’s just enough in the world to be miserable in the presence of God; he’s just enough into God to be miserable in the world.
Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
—1 Corinthians 10:31
If we have gathered people into congregations by appeasing their appetites and desires, how can we help them deal with the fact that their problems in life and character, even ‘in church’, are primarily caused by living to get what they want?”
1 Hear this, O house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel,
and who came from the waters of Judah,
who swear by the name of the Lord
and confess the God of Israel,
but not in truth or right.
2 For they call themselves after the holy city,
and stay themselves on the God of Israel;
the Lord of hosts is his name.
3 “The former things I declared of old;
they went out from my mouth, and I announced them;
then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
4 Because I know that you are obstinate,
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead brass,
5 I declared them to you from of old,
before they came to pass I announced them to you,
lest you should say, ‘My idol did them,
my carved image and my metal image commanded them.’
6 “You have heard; now see all this;
and will you not declare it?
From this time forth I announce to you new things,
hidden things that you have not known.
7 They are created now, not long ago;
before today you have never heard of them,
lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
8 You have never heard, you have never known,
from of old your ear has not been opened.
For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously,
and that from before birth you were called a rebel.
9 “For my name’s sake I defer my anger;
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
that I may not cut you off.
10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
CONFESSION OF SIN:
Forgive us for thinking small thoughts of you
and for ignoring your immensity and greatness.
Forgive us when we forget that you rule
the nations and our small lives.
Forgive us for minimizing your power
and squandering your gifts.
We confess that our blindness to your glory has resulted in shallow confession, tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.
Have mercy upon us;
in Jesus’ name, amen.
SONG TO CONSIDER: