I was thinking and meditating on a passage in scripture these last two days...
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
I looked for additional scripture relating to this...
I Corinthians 10:31
"So whatever you do, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men."
He specifically made me think of the many, many times I sit down to eat, have a meal, whether with family, friends, alone - relaxing, on the go.. I am quick (sometimes) to thank Him for the meal and ask that He bless it that it would nourish my body - and then He asks "For What Purpose"...
Its obvious to me from a selfish perspective that the purpose is to do just as I had asked for nourishment, to sustain me - but He says again: 'For What Purpose, Tim?"
So often we stop where we end. But He has no end. I place limitations on Him when I am selfish in my thinking - self righteous in a sense that I do not think past my own needs, desires. The only one getting the glory or benefit when I'm only asking for things that benefit me and do not further define "Why?"... "For What Purpose?"... "To What End?"
When I sit down to eat and ask for His blessings, I should be doing it with Him in mind, His kingdom and for His good pleasure, which would also be mine.
For What Purpose? To carry the good news to the broken hearted, to give life to those who are dead and dying. To give hope, to impart peace, to encourage, to lift up, to be renewed, refreshed, restored!!!
Oh Lord, sustain me, for this purpose! And remind me always to think of You, and do just as the Word says... Whatever I do wether I eat or drink, whatever it is I do, I want to glorify you!!
To what end do we seek God's blessings? Is it for ourselves, our loved ones, or is it for Him? He has already told me, more than once, if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all, thats ALL these things will be added unto us. What are "these things"?
Matthew 6 tells us all about it - Our daily bread (both literal and spiritual), deliverance from evil, forgiveness, when fasting and praying in secret, He will reward us openly, and verse 25 says "Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what you shall put on; Is not the life more than meat? and the body than raiment?
What is really being said here, is that we don't have to worry about those things - He has it covered, when we seek Him first and His righteousness. Of course He wants us to be happy, healthy, clothed, and well fed. But He wants those things for a greater purpose which is the expansion of His Kingdom, that all might be saved and enjoy the rich inheritance He has for us, to be with Him for eternity!
Lord, thank you for asking me and for reminding to ask myself, "For What Purpose"...