Thursday, April 29, 2010

Is God Glorified In Us?

              Reading John 13:31-35 quoted below, we see that Jesus was glorified and in Him God was glorified.
              Our first task is to do as Jesus did, and that is to glorify God.  There are other things that must be done such as: soul winning, tithing, supporting missions, calling on neighbors, and even warming a pew.  However, doing just one is not a pathway to glorifying God.  All are a “part and parcel” with a great big plus sign after it.  These are physical things.  There are also spiritual things that must be done.

Ephesians 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

First, we are to be obedient to our God, our Jesus who is our Master.  Our focus must be on Jesus Christ and what He wants us to do.  He tells us our new commandment is:

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

This is a new commandment to a newly converted disciple, and is also new to many hard-hearted Christians.  We as brethren must work to glorify God.  Our filthy mouths and our bitter hearts are all a blasphemy to God.
              When we stop and reflect on our being, we may find a person we really don’t like.  When we determine what we have become, we must do whatever it takes to turn ourselves into the person that God wants to call His own. Consequently, we become what other men call a “Christian.”  We become their personal Bible; we may be the only Bible they will ever read. 
              Regardless, we as Christians will be judged daily (with parameters that we are not even aware exist.)
              So, in terms of glorifying God, where do you stand?  Does your walk and your talk match?  Is it obvious to the lost that you are a “sold out” Christian?  Does your walk and talk glorify God?

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
              Do you have that assured true heart, drawing nearer to God daily?  Have you cleared your mind of all the evil judgment you have recently made?  Does God really see you as righteous?  If not, take time now, repent and get your walk and your talk back on track.                                     

 Bro John R. E Chastain

John 13:31-35  Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  (32)  If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.  (33)  Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.  (34)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  (35)  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

1 comment:

  1. Amen, Bro. Chastain. It was a blessing to have you all in our service Sun. nite. We're praying for you. Enjoyed the good devotional thoughts.
    James Rasbeary