Faith & Life: Is God’s Glory Your Primary Aim Each Day?


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Is God’s Glory Your Primary Aim Each Day?

That’s My Goal, But I’m Still a Work in Progress in This Area

by J.M. Troppello


During my morning quiet time, I saw this quote today from Jerry Bridges.


“If we’re to glorify God in the way we live, we must make God’s glory our primary aim.” – Jerry Bridges

That statement got me thinking. I asked myself if I was making God’s glory my primary aim. I concluded that I was – for the most part – but there’s always room for improvement. I then read the following passage from I Peter 4:12-19.


12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 Now
“If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. (I Peter 4:12-19, NKJV)

How will God be glorified in my life? That’s the second question I asked myself. I want God to be glorified daily in my life, but how will that happen. God will be glorified when I walk in obedience to His Word. He’ll receive glory when I remain faithful during trials. I can glorify God when I commune with Him daily through prayer, Bible reading, and worshipping Him. God will receive glory when I continue to seek His Kingdom, rather than my own kingdom in this world.


That seems like hard work!


Living as an effective Christian – who is a good witness for the Gospel – takes discipline. But that should be no surprise. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that your life will be all rosy. Peter wrote this passage to the believers because they needed to not think it strange that they were experiencing fiery trials in this world. That was normal. It was to be expected. If they remained faithful to God through the trials, that would be an opportunity for God to be glorified.


When believers are reproached for the name of Christ (vs. 14), that should be seen as a blessing because that would result in great reward in eternity (See: Matthew 5:10-12). Suffering for Christ should be an opportunity for you to grow closer to the Lord. That will happen if you learn how to become better and not bitter because of the persecution and fiery trial you’ve experienced.


You have a choice each day on how you act or react. It’s your choice how you respond to those fiery trials in your life. I want to choose to follow God’s Word. I know I’ll fail at times, but I know that God will be glorified when I continue forward one step at a time.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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