Thursday, March 28, 2013

Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria; to the Glory of God Alone

 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1st Corinthians 10:31)

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. (John 17:4)

As Christians, we should look to Jesus Christ as our supreme example of how to live and honor God. Everything Christ has done is for God's glory. Mark Driscoll summarizes Jesus' God-glorifying early life well.

 "Jesus' ministry began before he started preaching. He obeyed his parents, worked a trade, & loved his neighbors as worship to God."

     Jesus' Ministry continued as he performed miracles, taught in the synagogues, and called His disciples. All of this He did for the chief purpose of giving all the Glory to God (Luke 5:25-26; John 17:1-5).
     As we approach the celebration of resurrection Sunday, we should remember that Jesus' mission on earth was to be unjustly tried, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day to display to the world the ultimate illustration of God's Glory. The God of the universe dying and rising from the dead to save His people is the greatest example of God's love. It shows the world not how great we are, but points to the greatness of God, and how valuable His own glory is to Him. 

     Following Jesus' example, we should do everything for God's glory. Whether it's eating or drinking--as the scripture says--washing dishes, preaching, praying, getting cut off in traffic, reading, showering, or working overtime, everything we do should keep the Glory of God in view. 

     One day, the lamb who was slain will return as the Faithful and True one to judge and wage war (Rev. 19:11). On that great day, God's glory will not only be displayed through the love of the crucified Savior, but also through the power of the conquering King.

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