“Cambridge, Jun 17 1775. I desire to bless God for his Kind aperince [sic] in delivering me and sparing my life in the late battle fought on Bunker’s Hill. I desire to devote this spared life to his Glory and honour. In witness my hand, Francis Merrifield.”*
That was a man on a mission!
His words reminded me several of Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions. Here’s the 4th:
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.**
Whether it is the testimony of a Francis Merrifield or the commitment of a Jonathan Edwards’ I love to be reminded of the most important tasked assigned to me today: To consciously glorify God.
The Apostle Paul made this very clear when he penned, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:13).
Although everything falls under the category of “whatever you do,” the following verse is instructive. It pertains to living to the benefit of others within the community of faith.
2 Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.
Glorifying God is very much practical. Honouring the Lord takes devotion. It is a decision forged in the heart and cemented in the mind. And it is particularly visible in our relationships.
How are we treating others? Are we acting and reacting in such a manner that they feel blessed rather than cursed? Would they describe us as people who build them up instead of tearing them down? Does our presence in their lives promote their spiritual lives or does it discourage them from growing in His grace and knowledge (2 Pet. 3:18). These are questions we would do well to ask ourselves. Like Merrifield at Bunker Hill, our lives have been spared. They were spared for a purpose.
Let’s be living out that purpose!
May God assist us to do no less!