Christ-exalting

“Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether in life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:18-21. I read a prayer from Francis Chan this morning that says, “Lord, fill my mouth today with Christ-exalting wisdom, and Christ-exalting encouragement. And grant that I would experience Christ-exalting joy, and that I would be willing to make Christ-exalting sacrifices, and serve those around me with Christ-exalting helpfulness.” Wow. It’s not about me today. Francis Chan basically puts Christ-exalting together in that way because it combines two words into one adjective. Praying to exalt Christ and to be Christ-exalting will help us to pursue and enjoy the highest purpose of our existence, which really is exalting Christ in what we think, feel, and do. This is passion. This is what God calls us to. There’s no part of our lives that God isn’t a part of… Crap. Christ-exalting teeth brushing? Yeah, Christ-exalting teeth brushing. Nothing too small can’t be used to glorify God and too often I know that I make Christ a foreigner to things like that sometimes. John Piper also puts it like this, “Making much of Christ is not one action alongside others. It’s the aim of everything we do.” Everything.

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