Friday, July 27, 2012

It's All About Giving God His Due Glory...

The Apostle Paul says in his letter to the church at Corinth that whatever we do, we are to do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). While this is a simple statement, it has profound implications and a deep truth for our everyday lives.

The reason we are to do everything - period - is ultimately for the glory of God. God has created, sustained and is moving all towards a great consummation of the ages. He and He alone deserves glory. There is no one or nothing else that has been or ever will be that deserves glory like Him.

John Piper says that the reason missions exists is because worship doesn't. To paraphrase, the reason we share our faith and what God has done for us is so that others may see, worship and give God His due glory. Missions exists because people need to know that God and God alone is worthy and rightfully due our honoring of Him, His Name, His will. Consequently, our good deeds exist also so that God will receive His due glory.

So, what is the real reason we help people have food, water, and shelter? To make God's glory known!

Why do we love those in need? To make God's glory known.

Why are we witnesses to what God has done in our lives? Again, to make His glory known.

This is why when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give water to the thirsty, and we do these things in the Name of Jesus, we are making His glory known.

The prophet Isaiah said, "...and if you offer yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted one, then your light will shine in the darkness..." (Isaiah 58:10) And our light will shine for only one purpose: to point others to the glory of God!

It is comforting to note that my life is not just some series of random events. It is also comforting to know that my life is not really about me. That would be pretty small if it were. I (and you) have a higher purpose...

So..."whatever I/you/we do, do everything for the God's glory." 

1 comment:

  1. Yo brother just found this blog and it is awesome. I did a talk yesterday (about 10mins) to my crusader (Christian group) at school. The stuff you wrote on 2:Peter 1 was really helpful, "particiipate in the divine nature" and the talk went awesome, the spirit really talk over and everyone (about 45 teens) seemed super encourage.
    Gods really doing awesome stuff on this blog
    Thanks to him and to you!