The point of everything is to glorify God.
When we glorify God, we don’t give God anything, rather we simply recognize the truth of the eternal and unmatched glory of the Ancient of Days. Then our lives stop teetering on lies and began to align with the truth of that reality.
Glory is spiritual mass and like an incomprehensibly massive star, God’s glory makes Him central. It draws everything into right relationship relative to Himself (righteousness). It puts everything in its proper place with the proper orientation which results in more abundant life and well-being.
But life and well-being is not the point, God’s glory is, which creates, sustains and gives meaning to everything.
If people (those who are being saved) are pointed to God, they will flourish because He alone makes all things right.
When the demonic (those who are of the evil one) are pointed to God, they perish and rightly so because they prefer darkness (John 3:16-19, 2 Corinthians 4:1-7).
In either case we do a good work by pointing everything to God.
So, the point to everything is to glorify God, but how do we glorify God?
What He purposed, He will perform. It is the work of God. Any part that we have in the matter is completely by grace.
The Father is sending forth the Holy Spirit, convicting the world of sin, of righteousness and judgement. (John 16:8)
Do not resist or harden your heart. (Proverbs 8:33)
Receive what He reveals about God’s holiness, our wretchedness without Him, our powerlessness to correct it and our need for deliverance made available exclusively through Jesus Christ. (Mark 10:15, Matthew 11:27, 16:16-17, Acts 4:12)
Do not be proud, knowing more than God and harden your heart. Be as a child. If you think you are wise, become a fool that you may be made wise (e.g. I don’t know. Please teach me). (Hebrews 3:8, Romans 1:18-26, 1 Corinthians 3:19)
Receive the Holy Spirit’s revelation of Christ, hear Jesus and follow Him. (John 5:39)
Trust Him to make us what we need to be to fulfill God’s good and acceptable will. (John 6:29)
Seek His heart’s desire. Reject the flesh and its worldly desire (Kingdom of God vs kingdom of men). (Matthew 6:23, Galatians 5:24)
Obey by loving as He loved us, giving Himself for us. (John 15:12, 1 John 4:11)
When we love as He loved, we fulfill the law, are known as His disciples, yield Oneness and we testify that the Father sent the Son, resulting in the glory of God. (Matthew 22:37-40 John 12:26-28, 13:34-35, 17:23, Romans 13:10)
Everyday this is the purpose before me, to glorify God. The work is believing His only begotten Son and walking according to the guidance of His Spirit with the power He provides. His glory is the result. (Romans 8:11, 2 Corinthians 4:7)
What He has purposed, He will perform and will allow me to be a part of it when I believe (trust) and yield (obey). (Philippians 2:13, 1 Peter 4:10) #grace
The fruit will be love –the standard of righteousness, the bond of fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ all to the glory of God.
“This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.” -Psalm 118:23
So that I can easily remember this and stay on task I summarize it as:
It is God through and through because “God is love”. -1 John 4:8
He is worthy of the glory.
#purpose #grace #faith #works #love #perfectourlove