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It All Comes from Him

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It All Comes from Him

We would be nothing without God. Our life would not exist. Our accomplishments would never have been achieved without God. Take a look at Jesus’ words in the prayer he modeled for us, “For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”[1]

  • Thine is the Kingdom = God created and owns all things.
  • Thine is the power = God gives life and energy to all things.
  • Thine is the glory = God gets all the praise, credit and glory for all good.

In Him we live, and move, and have our being![2]

The Jesus perspective clearly influenced the thinking of the Apostle Paul when he wrote, “God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways. Who knows how the Lord thinks? Who can become his adviser? Who gave the Lord something which the Lord must pay back? Everything is from him and by him and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen!”[3]

All praise goes to God because all that we have, and all that we will enjoy through all eternity, comes from God alone.

The Jesus perspective influenced Jude 1:25 “Before time began, now, and for eternity glory, majesty, power, and authority belong to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”[4]

When you think about your life, what do you have? What have you accomplished? Is there anything you have that you did not receive from God?

It all comes from Him.

Sometimes we say of high achievers, “Look what she’s accomplished. She’s a self-made woman.” My question is, did she create herself? Did she create the miracle of birth and will herself into being? Did she determine the level of her own mental capacity while still in her mother’s womb? Did she give herself the ability think, dream, plan, and implement great things?

Part of the problem of mankind is our hunger to take the credit for what was given to us from God. The Bible says God gives thrones. He sets up kings. He brings them down. How difficult it is for powerful world leaders to remember this.

God said in Isaiah 42:8: “I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another. Listen to Me Israel, I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last. Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has stretched out the heavens. When I call to them, they both stand up.”[5]

The Jesus perspective understands that someday all of the earthly accomplishments will pass away. Every great work of mankind will be swept into the dust bin of eternity.

You can listen to Pastor Ron’s message, Living the Jesus Perspective here. 

[1] Matthew 6:13 KJV

[2] Acts 17:28

[3] Romans 11:33-36 GW

[4] GW

[5] KJV

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

2 responses »

  1. diannmesser46

    Amen! One of my favorite thoughts has always been, “In Him we live and move and have our being”. He is so praiseworthy!

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  2. Great thoughts. I have always wondered why the concept of a “self-made man” caught on. Anyone who rises to fame from obscurity was given opportunities to showcase talent by someone. Someone who has worked their way up in the company works hard, but at the end of the day still has to receive a promotion or job offer. These opportunities come from outside us.

    I guess our role is to put ourselves in the best place to capitalize on those opportunities, including opportunities from God. If we draw close to him, we’ll me more likely to succeed when answering His call, or stepping through a door He opens.

    We can prepare ourselves for God-given opportunities.

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