Seeking His face as the solace for turbulent times

Glory Be!

By Elizabeth Prata

*Jesus came for God's glory. (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus said this over and over. He came for us, of course, to seek and save the lost, but Jesus came to increase God's glory. God is passionate about His glory, "I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8)

God's glory is increased when He redeems sinful man to Himself. It is the single greatest act of a Holy God. Redeeming. Sinful. Man. THAT is the expression of His highest glory in the most glorious act, and that His Son would incarnate (not just for 33 years, but forever) and live a human life and die a horrendous death, and in between would seek God's glory at every moment. This is something admirable to ponder.

Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Think on the admirable things.

1 Corinthians 10:31 - "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." This verse is saying that even if we are not missionaries leading thousands to Christ, even if we are not fiery preachers speaking before thousands, even if we are not teachers publishing hundreds of books, we, the small and mundane, should do everything we do for the glory of God. The small tasks, the routine, the everyday, are glorious to Him if performed with Him in mind as the utmost audience. Do all with an awareness that you are doing it for God. And it will be a fragrant aroma unto Him.

"and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma." (Ephesians 5:2).
So think on the admirable things.


*A version of this post first appeared on The End Time in 2011

Comments

  1. [Hebrews] 1:3 radiance=effulgence or flood of resplendent light. The word means "an outstanding," not a reflection. the exact representation of God's essence or nature. These expressions in verse 3 are strong assertions of the deity of Christ. sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. The picture of Christ being seated indicates the finished character of His once-for-all sacrifice for sin (10:10, 12), and the right hand indicates the place of honor that He occupies.

    The Ryrie Study Bible [New American Standard Bible], p. 1516

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  2. Isn't it interesting that the things God includes specifically that we can do for His glory are to eat and drink (and everything else!). I've read that verse many times, but it's never struck me before that He didn't make a list of mighty works, or even works at all, but the things that are common to every human being on the face of the earth - so every human being on the face of the earth has the potential ability to glorify Him.

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