By Jay Pearson

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
(Romans 6:5)


At times when I’m frustrated with myself, I ask myself a question. Why am I here? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Let me share my answer. I believe it is to live unto God. We are here to live unto God.

Romans 6:9-11:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Okay, who will show me the way to God? Jesus said in John Chapter 14, he is the way.

John 14:6:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

What do we do when we get to God? Worship and glorify God. How do I do that?

John 4:24:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Psalm 22:23:
Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

I like to keep it simple. In simplicity there are great depths. Complexity is always shallow. I think of complexity as trying to force things to fit, that don’t fit. Simple things don’t have to be put together, they are together. Here are just a few ways to glorify God.

Obey him, endure and give thanks. Well, what can just one man do to change anything or make a difference?

Romans 5:17-19:
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Wow, what a difference one man can make. Okay, how about enduring?

Hebrews 12:2:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

2 Timothy 2:3:
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Last, but most definitely not least, give thanks.

Ephesians 5:2:
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

1 Thessalonians 5:18:
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

God knows us and he made it simple. God placed everything in one package, Jesus Christ, his Son. We are complete in him. AMEN.

Colossians 2:9-10:
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Romans 10:9:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Jesus Christ died and was raised from the dead so that you and I might live. May we live and worship and glorify God through Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. I love you and I am thankful to serve with you to his glory. AMEN.



From the March 2003 issue of The Vine & Branches