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God Is Greater Than All Our Excuses

Scripture

Our focus verse on today comes from 1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 

Background & Application

God is very gracious in the ways He allows us to worship and serve Him, isn’t He? He has filled our lives with people in need of one thing or another, and so often we have just what that person is seeking. Many need emotional healing or a shoulder to cry on. Others need someone to show interest in their life and let them know they have value and worth. Perhaps you live with someone who’s less than perfect and needs grace and compassion. In each situation, we have a God within us who is greater than anything the world has to offer. So then why do we look so much like those of the world? Why do we want so much stuff instead of the One who made it all? Why do we go to church on Sunday and then not take it with us to work on Monday? Why do we stay home on Wednesday nights when His children are gathering to pray and hear the Word? Why are we so irresponsible that when we have an outreach event, we think someone else can go and take care of the visiting or praying? Why do we have a church swimming in the blessings of children and a nursery that struggles to have enough volunteers? God said in Romans 12:1 that our reasonable, normal life is presenting our lives as holy sacrifices to Him. Whatever you do for Him, however much you can offer Him, no matter what extreme you go to for Him, that is your reasonable worship to Jesus. We do it, we can do it, because He is within us, and He is greater. Let Him be greater than all our excuses. 

Charge

As we present our bodies as that living sacrifice to God today, let’s ask Him to be great through us instead of through someone else. Ask Him to give you spiritual eyes and ears to meet the needs of those around you, whether within our church body or without. 

Rich Holt / BCWorldview.org

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