January 10

 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

 

This life is not to be valued but as it yields opportunities to glorify God.  We were not sent into the world to live for ourselves, but for God.  If we could make ourselves, then we could live for ourselves.  If we could be our own first cause, then we might be our own end.  But God made us for himself, and sent us into the world for himself.  It is not our duty to glorify God in heaven only, but also here on earth in the midst of difficulties and temptations.  No one is sent into the world to be idle, or to bring forth fruit to themselves, but God’s glory must be our chief work and aim while we are here upon earth.  We must not promote merely our own interests.  Every man, besides his general calling, has his own work and course of service where he might glorify and honour God; ‘I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do’ (John 17:4).  In a great house one has one employment, one another: so God has designed for every man the work he has to do; some in one calling, and some in another; but all have their service and work given them for God’s glory.  Every morning we should review the sense of this upon our hearts.  This day I am going to live with God.  When a Christian leaves home in the morning, he must remember he is at Christ’s disposal; he is not to do as he pleases, but to be guided by rule, and for God’s glory – not only in his duties or immediate conversation with God, but in his sports, business, and recreation.  What is it to do things in the name of Christ, but to do them according to Christ’s will and command?  In discharge of this work, we must do it all for God’s glory.  We can do nothing without him.  If we have anything to do for God, we must do it in his own strength, in every word and every deed.

 

Through the Year with William Still

 

Sinclair Ferguson has publicly stated that no one has had a greater spiritual impact on his life than William Still! William Still was the minister of Gilcomston South Church, Aberdeen, from 1945 to 1997. While his name may not feature in the official annals of the Church of Scotland, it is doubtful whether any other individual in his Church during the latter half of the twentieth century had such a profound or widespread influence. For over fifty years Mr. Still pioneered a single-minded commitment to expository preaching and congregational prayer which made Gilcomston a beacon of Reformed and evangelical Christianity in Scotland.

A man whose very life breathed the grace and love of God, no one who ever met him, received his counsel, or sat under his ministry, could have escaped the sheer Christlikeness of Mr. Still’s life. In the early days of his ministry he wrote: “There is no part of me, or of my life, that I will withhold from the work that God has called me to.”

It was one of the marks of his evident commitment to the service of Christ that he devoted himself to the pastoral care of his people, providing them with daily Bible reading notes that would feed their souls and prepare them for works of service. The “Notes”, which appeared in the monthly “Congregational Record,” soon became highly sought after across Scotland, the United Kingdom, and even to the far-flung corners of the world, increasing in many a love for and commitment to the Word of God.

Drawn from every book in the Bible, this selection, edited and arranged by David C. Searle, will take the reader through the year with William Still. These pages will explain what it means to live under the authority of Scripture, to exalt the glorious Person of Christ, and to rejoice in the wonder of the gospel.

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