Living for God's Glory

November 6, 2006 by Paul Chappell

On my way to preach at a pastors conference, I climbed on a shuttle bus at LAX this past Monday morning around 5:15. I’m not always super alert early mornings on Monday, so I sat on the bus, and followed my routine of reading USA today. Of course the election was only one day away, and the news was filled with election news and the conviction of Sadaam Hussein’s guilty verdict.

The other top story was the disgraceful resignation of a pastor in Colorado. I had mentioned his fall in my message the day before and said we as Christians should pray for his family and the cause of Christ which is always tarnished at the occurrences of such Tragedies. The USA today paper called the Pastor an “Evangelist.” The media has a way of conjuring up images from the past with their choice of words.

It was while I pondered these issues that a stewardess and steward for American Airlines sitting next to me began their loud morning discussion. Among their other assessments included the statement that all pastors do the same sins and that all Republicans are like Representative Foley from Florida. They went on to say how they were proud of their union for standing against the hypocritical Republicans.

Well, we all know there are plenty of problems in this world, and more than a few hypocrites, but it never feels good to be lumped in with the whole lot! On the other hand, where would any of us be apart from the inner working of God’s Holy Spirit to save us and Set us Apart for his purposes.

Today I will thank God for saving me, and ask God to help me to take heed unto myself.

1 Tim 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

I want to live my life in such a way that my children will grieve my dying , but not my living. I want my heavenly father to be glorified through me.


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