The past couple of weeks have been draining. Emotionally and spiritually.
With everything that has been going on around me, I keep having one convicting thought that hasn't left me. To God be the Glory.
We say that a lot. But do we really know what it means? Do we really want God to have ALL the Glory? Even when He asks you to do something you don't want to, even when everything around you seems to be falling apart. Do you still want to give Him the Glory?
We are breathing because we are HIS vessels, used to do HIS work for HIS glory.
We share the gospel not for ourselves or even for the person we are talking to, but for HIS GLORY
We are married so that we may show HIS GLORY
We have children so that we may raise them for HIS GLORY
We adopt not to add to our family or to rescue a child but for HIS GLORY
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priest hood, a holy nation, a people of His own possession. THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM who called you out of darkness." 1Peter2:9
"...that they may see your good deeds and GLORIFY GOD."1Peter2:12
"...in order that in EVERYTHING GOD MAY BE GLORIFIED" 1Peter 4:11
"So that we who were first to to hope in Christ might be to the praise of HIS GLORY."Ephesians1:12
"Until we acquire possession of it (spiritual blessings) to the praise of HIS GLORY." Ephesians1:14
I love what it says in Isaiah 49:3, "You are my servant, in whom I will be Glorified." and also in 1Corinthians 4:5 "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves As servants for Jesus sake."
What better honor then to be called HIS servants, just as Jesus did not come here to be served but to serve. We GET to do this. We GET to suffer FOR HIM, we GET to honor and Glorify Him. What privileges we have that we chose to over look. How many times do we glorify and honor the Lord when things go the way we think it should, but do we do that when everything goes wrong? Do we trust and glorify God in all circumstances?
We like to complain and focus on our trials. Instead of being grateful for them. We GET to suffer for His name sake. Don't you see that we are united with Christ in His sufferings (1Corin.1:5) just as we are in His resurrection (1Phil.10)
If God told you to walk away from something you put your heart and soul into, or to walk away from a job or to sell everything and move. Would you do it without knowing any other details? Would you move so far out of your comfort zone that you have no choice but to depend on Him, because only then is He really Glorified. Only in our weaknesses and our trails is He really Glorified.(2Corin,12:9-10) Only when we remove ourselves and our wants from the picture is He really glorified. It was never about our circumstances, our family, our loved ones, our passions. It's about His will, His calling, His sufferings, His Glory.
And oh, how I fall so short.
"And the city had no need of son or moon to shine on it, for the Glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. Revelation21:23
Thank you Jesus for loving me enough to allow me to be your servant and to share in your sufferings. Forgive me Father for not seeing what a huge privilege you have given all your children. No matter the cost, help me to always bring You Glory.
Where you are Father, there I shall be.