Day40

Glory to God

from the Romans reading plan


Romans 16:17-27, Matthew 7:15-20, Jude 24-25


It is time we outlaw cliffhangers. It’s fine when they happen between episodes in a series; it keeps us watching, engaged, eager for what’s next. But when we are left dangling at the end of a season, I want to call my congressman. And don’t even get me started on a resolution-less movie.

We need closure. We need the closing notes of “shave and a haircut.” We want to hear the “two bits.” Conclusions help us understand the point of it all. Today, at the end of Romans, Paul gives us the resounding note for the letter to the Romans—a doxology of praise: “To Him be glory forever!” (Romans 16:27).

Everything and everyone exists for the glory of God. Our churches, our ministries, our jobs, our entire lives are given to us for the glory of the triune God. Do you live this way, submitted to His Word and eagerly living for the fame of His name? What does that even mean? What is God’s glory? God’s glory is the “Godness” of God going public—it is what we see of Him that moves us to worship.

How do the heavens declare the glory of God? They display things like wonder and majesty. By faith, we see the creative power and brilliance of God as clouds wisp across our patch of sky, gliding to other coordinates on this blue marble dangling in the cosmos. God displays His glory all around us. We are meant to look for it—to see it, to align with it, to spread it.

The gospel teaches us that we are not the point of our own lives—God is. He saved us for our good and His glory. Living for the glory of God means we agree with who God says He is, and we align our lives accordingly. We submit and serve. We enjoy and exalt.

Jesus’ death for our sins and His resurrection for our new life enables and empowers us to behold the glory and fame of God, and to worship Him for it. “Your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake” (1 John 2:12 ESV). We, the forgiven ones, rejoice at God’s glory because we reap the blessings of it.

The glory of God lasts forever. It isn’t trendy. Nothing will outdo the awesomeness of God. Don’t live in cliffhanger-mode, wondering what your life is all about. Jesus redirects our lives to His—one forever aligned to the glory of God. “Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your faithful love, because of your truth” (Psalm 115: CSB).

Written by J. A. Medders

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3 thoughts on "Glory to God"

  1. jamie says:

    We have to be careful who we surround ourselves with and what pastors,teachers, and authors we let influence us as we must be sure that they are speaking the truth. We have to make sure that we are giving God the glory in all that we do and especially doing so by following the truth.

  2. Chris Greenwood says:

    “The gospel teaches us that we are not the point of our own lives—God is. He saved us for our good and His glory. Living for the glory of God means we agree with who God says He is, and we align our lives accordingly. We submit and serve. We enjoy and exalt.

    Jesus’ death for our sins and His resurrection for our new life enables and empowers us to behold the glory and fame of God, and to worship Him for it. “Your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake” (1 John 2:12 ESV). We, the forgiven ones, rejoice at God’s glory because we reap the blessings of it.”

    Amen and Amen.

  3. Furniture Ninja says:

    Glory is given to God when we recognize who He is and who we are not. There is a great danger among the redeemed to forget where He found us. In our zeal to grow spiritually we can become rather self-accomplished and judge others when we cannot even judge ourselves. I am continually both amused and troubled by my ability to slide into self-righteousness by doing…good. Seems the more success I may see in doing good, the quicker the slide into this glorious pit of self. It’s not just me either it’s everyone else too. It can seem quite rightly, a hopeless reality. But then shines the light of His Grace. His unmerited favor that even the most spiritually mature among us is dead without. The older I get the more true this becomes. I cry out like Paul in his late years, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” Only Jesus, and out of His Grace. Doing good is of course good but it’s so outpaced by our sinful nature. Our doing good is like filthy rags. Jesus Christ is the only remedy and the only antidote for every man. Go and tell everyone this very good news and let goodness flow from Him while you’re not even thinking about it. You’ll be surprised and awed when He lets you see it! Likewise do not despair when you sin for He has set you free. Only in recognition of this reality do we choose to do good for the right reasons…out of love for God.

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