by John McKain

Our Purpose: His Praise
John McKain
1 Peter 2:1-11

How will we praise our Lord this Christmas season? Will we praise him by simply attending the Christmas pageantry hosted by a multitude of churches? Will we seize the spirit of love and giving, at this time of the year, to reach out to others? Will we praise him with renewed commitments of obedience to his beckoning call on our lives?

I submit to you that God, in this season of the year, as well as every day of the annual calendar, longingly desires us to fulfill our God given purpose. For God, that is praise enough. God desires that we present our lives as living sacrifices of obedience. For God, that is praise enough. God yearns that we would by faith place our lives in to his caring hands. For God, that is praise enough.

When Stanley found Livingstone, the great missionary who spent thirty years in the darkest parts of Africa, he pleaded with Livingstone to return to England with him. Livingstone bluntly refused to go. Two days later, Livingstone wrote in his dairy, "March 19, my birthday. My Jesus, my King, my Life, my all. I again dedicate my whole self to Thee. Accept me, and grant, O gracious Gather, that ere the year is gone I may finish my work. In Jesus' name I ask it, Amen." Livingstone had a single-eyed focus, a single-minded focus. The arrow of his heart fired forth with unfettered faith to fulfill God's purpose for his life. For God, that was praise enough. And God desires that you and I fulfill His purpose in our lives. When we do, for God, that will be praise enough.

"What is that purpose?" you may ask. The Apostle Peter shares with the answer to that question in his epistle which we call I Peter, in ch. 2:1-11. (READ)

Every Christian has certain duties which when performed, pleases God. To please God, is to praise God. It says, "God you are worth my serving you, you are worth my being obedient, you deserve my service, my surrender, my sacrifices, because you are worthy. Each o ...

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