Sunday, October 30, 2016

God's glory in our small lives


“For who has known the mind of the Lord,or who has been his counselor?”35 “Or who has given a gift to himthat he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

Since early Christianity consisted mainly of Jews who recognized Jesus as their savior and messiah, the New Testament discusses in depth the rejection of Jesus Christ by the Jews. The apostle Paul, in the eleventh chapter of Romans, discusses how the rejection of Jesus by the Jews was actually necessary in order that the gentiles can come to the saving knowledge of Christ. The important point is that although our birth, culture and society dictates much of our lives, God is well aware of every step and thought that has ever existed or will exist, and He is using all of it for His glory. Even the rejection of Christ by the Jews will one day result in a God glorifying reconciliation.

I baked a cake this morning, and as I was baking this cake, I thought about the scripture above, and about the events that were described in Romans 11. I realized that I baked this cake because:

1. Someone figured out how to harness natural gas and use it for cooking.

2. Someone designed the stove that I use.

3. Someone started a business that sold the stove.

4. Someone developed a cake mix that I used.

5. Someone marketed the cake mix that used, and someone from the store where I bought the cake mix agreed to stock the cake mix.

6. My mother met my father and I was born.

7. All of my mother’s ancestors, and all of my father’s ancestors were at a particular time and place in history so that each child born to them and the lives that they lived ushered in my life.

8. For every person whose lives and ideas touched stove and cake mix, there are lineages, stretching back through time. Each of these people in some way touched the next generations in order that I could bake the cake this morning.

Most people would agree that baking a cake is not a historical event, and yet it really is. God is continually using our small, inconsequential lives to achieve His own magnificent kingdom because He loves us and wants us to live with Him forever!