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“To God Be the Glory”

Following the Superbowl, one of the wide receivers for the Green Bay Packers (Greg Jennings) was interviewed on the sideline. Many Superbowl winners  have stood where Greg did in the past. And many of those men have been asked the same, or similar questions following the win.  Greg was asked “What is going through your mind right now?” Many who have answered that question in the past have given answers such as “We were on fire tonight! Nobody can stop me!” or maybe you have heard this one before, “We just had a great team effort, from all of the coaching staff, down to every player.”

These are pretty common responses to such a question, on such an occasion. However, Greg Jennings chose to answer the question differently. The first words out of his mouth were “To God be the glory.” then he went on to talking about his teammates and all of the struggles that they endured throughout the season.He finished up his remarks with the same way it began, “To God be the glory.” never mentioning his own ability as one of the reasons that his team won the Superbowl.

I do not know anything about Greg’s background, or his faith, but I do know one thing, I respect him.  He had the perfect opportunity to build himself up. The camera’s were fixed on him, he had the”whole world watching.” And instead of talking about himself, he talked about God, then he talked about his teammates, then, he talked about God.

I do not believe that God cares much about who wins the Superbowl. However, I do believe, God cares about the way that the players (and the rest of us) conduct ourselves. When the spotlight is on us, and even when it is not.When I heard Greg make the statement that he did, my mind went instantly to John 3:30- “He must increase, but I must decrease” John the Baptist made this statement, instead of taking glory and credit for himself, he reminded his listeners that he was nothing without Jesus.

How often do we as christians make statements such as this? We claim that we know God, we claim that God is all powerful, We claim that God still works today, yet, whenever  there is a joyous occasion in our lives, how quick are we to verbally give God the glory and the credit?

“God has truly blessed me with a great wife.”

“God has given me such a precious gift in my beautiful little girl.”

“God has opened this door of opportunity for me. ”

How different are statements like these from statements hat many of us are used to saying? Such as “I earned”, “I deserve”, “I accomplished” I would like to challenge us all to be more verbal in our faith. “To God be the glory!”

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

“Temporary Home”

  

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Boxes, boxes, and even more boxes. This has been the most common site to my family recently. We have been blessed with an opportunity to serve the Lord with the Wynnewood Church of Christ. We are all settled in to our new home. After countless hours of painting, light remodeling, and help from family getting all of our things moved.

     I have been thinking about this moving experience, a lot. For the first 19 years of my life I lived in the same house in Dibble Ok. We never moved, we lived what many considered to be a “boring lifestyle.” However, I appreciated the stability that was provided for me. Since that time, including this last move I have moved 6 times (I’m not old.)

     Our first home together was what you could call a “fixer upper.” In 8 months time, my wife and I remodeled the entire house. We painted Every wall, re-did EVERY floor, and replaced the roof. Needless to say we made a lot of memories. This was also the house that we brought our beautiful baby girl home to for the first time. Although we are excited about our new work in Wynnewood, we are sad to leave the old home behind.

    I wonder,  are we as Christians ready/willing to move? Of course I am not speaking of our physical houses, as I believe  being in the same place for a while provides  stability. I am however talking about moving to our real home. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a big advocate of the radio. But, I believe there are some good songs out there. One of these songs is “Temporary Home” by Carrie Underwood. I love the concept of this song. The words to the Chorus are below:

“This is my temporary home

It’s not where I belong

Windows and rooms that I’m passin’ through

This is just a stop, on the way to where I’m going

I’m not afraid because I know this is my

Temporary Home.”

    I wonder how many of us feel this way. Or how many of us are pretty comfortable in our lives, comfortable in our temporary homes, satisfied with this world, wanting nothing more.  I pray this is not the case among Christians. We are sons and Daughters of the king (1 peter 2:9) We are meant for so much more! The perfect lamb, our Savior, the only Son of God is personally preparing our eternal dwelling place (John 14:1-3)

   We are on our way home. We do not belong here. I hope and pray that each and everyday is another day that you look forward to the coming of our Lord. Phil 3:20-   “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”

“This world is not my home, I’m Just a passing through

My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue

The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door

And I cant feel at home in this world anymore”

In Him,

Troy

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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