“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
. . .but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God . . .
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.