Glory to …?

September 10, 2011

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. ”
C. S. Lewis

What we do matters, the why is almost as important.  God does all things for his glory (first)  our good.  When we try to live that way we will make the most impact.  When we do things for our own glory they usually have the same kind of lasting impact as a game of football – cuts and bruises with momentary glory.  When we seek to bring glory to God in what we do, we may still end up battered and bruised, but the impact is eternal, the rewards are unmeasurable, and the bruises quickly heal.

Justice, mercy and humility (The three things the Lord requires of us.) are in-congruent with with self-serving and glory seeking.  When we seek to bring glory to God they are a natural outcome.  Seeking first his kingdom, and his righteousness is not natural.  It is the supernatural at work in us, and the outcome is to glorify God and to benefit us.

The best way we can impact the world is to simply ask ourselves, “Will this bring glory to God or to me?”  And then to act accordingly.

 

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