Monday, February 23, 2015

To the Praise and Glory of God

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

“Glory to God in the highest,” was a song that angels sang at the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. It was no accident that they did so, because God’s glory is the priority of every true Christ follower. We read a lot about in it Scripture, but what does it mean, and how can I do it? When you think about it, how can I add anything to His glory since it never diminishes?

An interesting event happened in the life of Moses, which helps us here. Moses made a request of God to, “…show me Thy glory.” God’s response is enlightening. He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion” [Exodus 33:18-19, emphasis added]. For all intents and purposes, the “glory of God” is the sum total of His attributes—all His “goodness.”

What this answer implies is that we can glorify God by displaying HIS attributes in our daily lives. Think about it for a moment. Isn’t God glorified when we display His love? His mercy? His patience? His loving-kindness, et al? When we live that way, those around us will have a better sense of who God is and what He can do! 

So let me encourage you to carefully guard your actions and attitudes. Paul said it this way to his dear friend, Timothy: be an example: “…in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” [1 Timothy 4:12].

Since we cannot add to God's glory, let’s proclaim it with our lives. To glorify God is to reflect His character in your words and deeds.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:9-11

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