2 Corinthians 7:1-4 (NLT)
7 Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
2 Please open your hearts to us. We have not done wrong to anyone, nor led anyone astray, nor taken advantage of anyone. 3 I’m not saying this to condemn you. I said before that you are in our hearts, and we live or die together with you. 4 I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles.
What gets you going? What gets me going has changed over the years. For many years it was to get rid of the pounding headache and fear of what I’d done the night before. That’s changed over time, especially as I’ve come to know Christ. Big whoop dee do ya might say. Well, it is for me and those who know me. Would be for you too.
And the funny thing is that it’s not about what Christ has done for me, although he’s done a whole boatcrap more for me than I did, but rather why I’d want to do it for Christ. Christ is who he says he is. Christ’s way is the way to end all of the problems everyone is vociferously whining about.
Romans 11:36 (NLT)
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
All glory to him forever. That packs a whole lot of meaning and order shifting. I chose to praise Christ for who he is, why he is, what he is. I’m blessed by his love for me and the radical changing power of the Holy Spirit.
3 John 4 (NLT)
4 I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
Romans 15:8-13 (NLT)
8 Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. 9 He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote: “For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name.”[Ps 18:49]
10 And in another place it is written, “Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles.”[Deut 32:43] 11 And yet again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles. Praise him, all you people of the earth.”[Ps 117:1] 12 And in another place Isaiah said, “The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.”[Isa 11:10]
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Big whoop dee do ya might say. It is, and it’s been a long time coming. It’ll be a long time coming to fruition. It’ll be a long time lasting too.