Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Finally & Fully Renewed

Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth.
—Genesis 14:19

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory
—1 Corinthians 15:35-41

If our goal is to be liberated from creation rather than the liberation of creation, we will understandably display little concern for the world that God has made. If, however, we are looking forward to "the resurrection of all things" [Acts 3:21] and the participation of the whole creation in our redemption [Rom. 8:18-21], then our actions here and now pertain to the same world that will one day be finally and fully renewed.
—Michael Horton, The Christian Faith

(Suggested tune: Bethlehem CMD)
You shall subdue the kings of earth
with God at your right hand;
the nations you shall rule in might
and judge in every land.
His Christ, refreshed by living streams,
shall neither faint nor fall,
and he shall be the glorious Head,
exalted over all.
—Psalm 110:5-7

Let this prayer help guide the personal prayers that follow.
O thou who indwellest in our poor and shabby human life, lifting it now and then above the dominance of animal passion and greed, allowing it to shine with the borrowed lights of love and joy and peace, and making it a mirror of the beauties of a world unseen: Grant that my part in the world's life today may not be to obscure the splendor of thy presence, but rather to make it more plainly visible to the eyes of others...
—John Baillie

(Spoken aloud or silently)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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