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Daily Readings: 13th January 2016

John 18.37-38 cont.

37 Pilate said to Him: “Then are You not really a king ?”. Jesus replied: “You say that I am a king. It is for this reason that I was born and have come into the world that I might bear testimony to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said: “What is truth?” Having said this he went out again to the Jews, and said to them: “I find no charge against Him.”

Jesus said that the reason He came into the world was to testify to the truth, which He did in attitude, words, and actions. He still continues to do this through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given to all who trust in Him as their Lord and Saviour.

Every human being is born for a reason, no matter how our conception took place. The reason is so that we might glorify God. His word tells us:

Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made – Isaiah 43.7 (NIV). This is the truth about our being born, and about our being born again. We are here on this earth to bring glory to God.

Therefore, no one should ever wonder why they were born. We have been created to be a people of praise.

This is seen within the world: celebrities love to receive the praise of their followers. In this they are no different from everyone else, since we all like to receive praise.

We are created by God to give praise. Giving praise to others brings encouragement to them in the work they might be doing. Praise is instrumental in teaching others.

Therefore, the giving of praise is a basic part of our being created.

Primarily we are created to give glory and praise to our Heavenly Father.

However, it is a very sad fact of life that many people wander through life with no sense of purpose. Such aimlessness can result in health issues. The book of proverbs tells us:

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful – Proverbs 29.18 (NLT).

We live in a world where many people are turning away from God, they reject Him and refuse to acknowledge their need of Him and His saving grace in Jesus.

The consequence of this is either to have no sense of purpose, or to develop their own sense of purpose and reason for living. Any reason for living that is not based in the praise and honour of Jesus is doomed to fail, because it will ultimately die with us.

Whereas, if our life is devoted to the praise, honour, and glory of Jesus we will continue with this purpose throughout eternity.



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