THEME: BANNER OF LOVE
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
-God has created us in His image and likeness to achieve the purpose for which He prepared us to do before hand. The Lord calls us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to His which is our true and proper worship. He has instructed us not to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we may be able to test and approve what His good, pleasing and perfect will is (Romans 12:1-2). Since God is love and whoever does not love does not know Him, we are called to love God and one another as ourselves. To love one another as God has loved us (John 15:12). We are like walking billboards and whatever we say or do, speaks on our behalf now and in the future. The way we treat other people and conduct ourselves portrays who we are. We are the salt of the earth and have been graced to remain tasty through good works lest we are thrown out and trampled underfoot. We are the light of the world, and a town built on a hill cannot be hidden, neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, we are called to let our light shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16). We are called to exemplify Christ with our words and conduct as His ambassadors, Who is the banner of love over us. To continually do good works without growing weary, and we will reap a reward at the appointed time.
Heavenly Father, we come before Your throne of mercy today. We come to thank You for Your faithfulness, mercies and love. Oh Lord, we thank You for loving us and all that You have done and are doing unto us. You are so good and worthy to be praised. Thank You for who You are and all You have done. Father, we surrender our lives to You today, asking that You may forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all iniquity. Forgive us for where we have not represented Your name well. Where we have fallen short of Your glory, may You forgive us. May You cleanse us with Your precious blood Jesus and teach us Your ways. Oh Lord may You lead us in Your true ways and the paths of righteousness, and let Your glory and light shine upon us. May You prune us and mound us to be what You desire us to be for the glory and honor of Your name. May You help us to abide in You as You abide in us that we may do good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. Oh Lord help us to be Your true ambassadors in the world; to bring many to Your kingdom and turn many to You. Thank You Lord because You are able and nothing is impossible with You, You are our faithful Father. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we shall dwell in Your house Lord forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Romans 6:11, 2 Corinthians 5:20