17 Attributes of God

Here’s just a sampling of God’s character!  I encourage you to look up the verses listed, and find out more for yourself!

 

Attributes of God

On Comparison

These two quotes below deserve a time of reflection, not only on the implications of their meaning, but on how comparison manifests in, and affects, our lives.  Comparison is shoved upon us by every form of media today:  Magazines show only perfectly air-brushed images of celebrities and then run how-to lists to make the reader feel they should reach for perfection in outer beauty; comparison has fuelled multi-billion-dollar industries in cosmetics, clothing, medicine and material possessions such as houses, cars, and gadgetry.  It has taught us to crave the latest and best as if these things were necessities, and not excessive luxuries; it has taught us to crave them at the expense of the poorest in the world, as industries strip natural resources and abuse the defenceless workers who are paid pittance so that you and I can buy cheap clothing, and foods and flowers that were growing in fields half way around the world the day before we buy them.  Comparison robs men and women alike of contentment, joy in the simple pleasures of life, and the discernment to recognise marketing bullies who knock us down, steal our peace, and then expect us to buy their products so that we can feel better about ourselves until the next time they come around…

 

Comparison

Comparison, Culture

On Taking Risks

Sometimes life brings us to a crossroads, where we must decide to take the known, trodden path, or step out in faith and try something new.  New represents risk, the unknown, the unpredictable; but it is at that cutting edge that we learn to breathe deeply, to appreciate life for what it can be, and to see with fresh eyes the past path we’ve travelled.

Ark, Titanic, Courage

The Glory of Vocation

VocationToo often society teaches us by example, peer pressure or spotlights that the vocations of doctors, lawyers, teachers and missionaries are better than those of the truck driver, house wife, rubbish collector or construction worker.  But how would the first lot get anywhere without the second?  Martin Luther said, “God is milking the cows through the vocation of the milkmaid.”  If you are a follower of Christ, any job you do to his glory becomes a vocation.  If you’re a bar tender, pour that beer just right, smile and serve with kindness and respect; if you work in a moving company, pack your clients’ furniture and belongings with care and competence.  In fact, anything we do should be a ministry of competence.  Glory can be described as “Honour, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing; high reputation; renown“.

A sermon I heard recently was about vocation; one of the quotes was from Eric Liddell:  “I believe God called me for a purpose; but he also made me fast, and when I run I feel his pleasure.”  Eric knew that running in the 1924 Olympics was what God had given him to do, and he did so with competence, but also conviction; he is famous for having refused to run one of the races because it was on a Sunday.  He refused to give in to international pressure, and God rewarded him with a gold medal in another race, and the fact that he set a new world record with that race.  He won his greatest medal, however, when he passed from this life and God said to him, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Martin Luther wrote, “All our work in the field, in the garden, in the city, in the home, in struggle, in government – to what does it all amount before God except child’s play, by means of which God is pleased to give his gifts in the field, at home, and everywhere? These are the masks of our Lord God, behind which he wants to be hidden and to do all things.”  For me, this means that whatever I am doing, when I am doing it for the glory of God, I feel his pleasure.

Because I am called to be a communicator, when I write – whether it’s a devotional for a blog or a published book, or a science fiction novel, I feel God’s pleasure.  When I clean house and take care of my family of two, or cook for guests, I can do so to the glory of God and feel his pleasure.  When someone sweeps the streets, collects rubbish, repairs roads, or drives a truck that delivers groceries, they can do so to the glory of God.  “Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will come to naught.  Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavour, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.”  – Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor

When we do whatever it is we do with compassion and competency, doing our best, learning to enjoy the simple pleasures and spot the blessings in everyday life, conducting ourselves with honesty and integrity, treating everyone we meet honourably (regardless of their behaviour), we are doing so to God’s glory.  Such a life led is what St. Francis of Assisi meant when he said, “Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary use words.”

Ephesians 6:7-8 (NIV)

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do,whether they are slave or free.”

On Building Strong Character

The training and instruction of a child takes the investment of time, energy, love, patience and clarity of priorities (being the individual needs of each child, coupled with the principles you want to instil).  Without that investment, the child grows into an adult unable to function to their full potential.  Whether or not you have children, you can be the one person who might change a child’s life forever; make it a positive change!

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Build Strong Children

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On Moving the World

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
1 Corinthians 3:19 (NIV)
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’.”

Church Moving the World - GK Chesterton