For the Glory of God
The verse I would like to stress is 31 “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This was our New Year’s morning devotion and my wife Annie suggested that this was a good theme for our 28th church anniversary this coming February. But we flashback or reflect-not so much what the Lord has been doing through peoples’ lives, but the ‘motives’ of service. Questions were asked: Why am I still in the ministry after all these years? Why are you involved in the Sunday School ministry, the music ministry, the youth ministry, Bible Study/ discipleship ministry, etc? Why? Is it because you like someone special in that group? Is it for fame? Skills development? Good future reference for your resume’? What is your real motive? Just to please someone?
If our motive is just for personal gain it will not last. When trials comes you will be easily discouraged; when temptation comes you will be an easy prey. “Beauty” and “handsomeness” is sometimes deceitful, but he/she fears the Lord shall be praised. So what is really your motive? You can apply this in every relationship - what is your motive? Is it to the glory of God?
We know that the glory of God is the invisible qualities, character, or attributes of God displayed in a visible various manner. For instance in Isaiah 6:2 states, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” This verse didn’t finish by saying, “the whole earth is full of his holiness.” But that the whole “earth is full of God’s glory.” When the attributes of God, like his holiness, goodness, love etc. go public for the world to witness and know, the Bible refers to this as “God’s glory.” Our job is to show that glory and if our motive is pure-it will display His glory.
How do you display His glory in your ministry? Praise and thank Him all the time; obedience to His Word; continue to display the fruit of the Spirit; maintain good testimony to all; give faithfully and generously to God’s work; maintain sexual purity; seek first God’s kingdom. And never stop asking yourself, :”Am I doing this for God’s glory”? Examine yourself everyday with joy. May the Spirit of all Grace impress this upon you today. All by grace and by grace alone.