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God’s Glory, Part 2

April 26, 2016

Grace to you! Last week we looked at how God’s glory is what all reality is about. We’ve also seen that we were created to reflect God’s glory but we seek to mar and twist it by our sin. The essence of sin is to not show God for who He is in His glorious majesty by our lives, desires, actions, and words. This sin separates us from God and results in our condemnation. But Christ came to restore us as ones who live once again for the glory of God. But how does this look in day to day life? If reality is ultimately about God’s glory, where does the concern for my life come into play? Biblically speaking, the wonderful good news is that God has wrapped His glory up in my good. Let’s look at a few scriptural examples.

God’s glory is the basis and goal of my salvation. I can be assured that God is concerned about my salvation because He wants to make His glory known! 1 Chronicles 16:35 says, “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” In this verse, my good is me being saved and as a result God gets the glory!  Second, God gets glory when I get encouraged by Him. Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” So why not pray this way when you are discouraged? “Lord, please encourage and strengthen me to honor you so that you may get glory!”

Another way God has wrapped His glory up in us is by turning our suffering into good. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (2 Cor. 4:17) Romans 8:28 says God will make all things work for good for those who love Him. Our suffering is never wasted. In fact, God will turn it in such a way that He will work it for our good to prepare us to rejoice in His glorious presence. Just think: God is as committed to making your suffering turn to your good as He is to Him getting praised for who He is!

Fourth, God has promised to keep us as His people despite our many failings and sin for His glory. “Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.” (Psalm 106:7-8) Why will we make it to heaven after we trust Jesus even though we will still sin many more times? Because God is going to get glory for doing so! We can be assured of our salvation once and for all because God is eternally concerned about Himself getting glory. May the Lord Jesus be praised for His glorious grace!

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