Living to God’s Glory in a Post-Christian World

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Romans 16:20

     Heavenly Father, what a great verse! We praise, bless, and adore you for being “the God of peace”—the God who created a world in which everything was good, true, and beautiful. And then, after our first parents rebelled, you sent Jesus to put all things right and make all things new. The peace that pervasively filled our first home—the Garden of Eden, one Day will inviolately permeate our eternal home—the new heaven and new earth. Hallelujah, that Day cannot arrive too soon.

     Father, though our world (and country) increasingly repudiate your name and marginalizes your will, you reign, you rule, and you rejoice. The nations conspire, and you laugh (Psalm 2). Maniacal men are no match for a merciful God. Though evil seems to be winning, you have secured evil’s defeat and ultimate eradication. When Jesus’ heel crushed Satan’s head on the cross, (Isa. 53:10) it dealt a crushing and fatal blow to the entire kingdom of darkness.

     How then are we to live, as we wait for the Day of all things new? Pensive and passive, worried and withdrawn, agitated and angry? No,10,000 times no! You bid us live well and love well, to your glory, confident of the good news affirmed in today’s Scripture: Satan will soon be crushed under our feet. Everywhere we place our feet is destined to be covered with the knowledge of your glory. Our labors in the Lord will never be in vain. 

     Therefore, Father, fill us with the mercy of Jesus; transform us by the Spirit of Jesus; liberate us through the grace of Jesus; empower us with the hope of Jesus. May we be the best neighbors and workers, friends and teammates, servants and leaders in our cities—whether it brings praise or persecution, merriment or martyrdom, cheers or tears.  So very Amen we pray, in the hope-laden, grace-full name of Jesus.