An Advent Reading for Sunday, December 10

Hymn 4, To God be the Glory

To God … be glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:4-5

   “And give Him the glory, great things He has done.” Wonderful song! That is exactly what we want to do, especially at Christmas when we celebrate the greatest gift He could ever give us. Today let me suggest another way.
   Jeremy Berg, a Christian blogger, writes, “My conviction is that God is most glorified in us when we, God’s image-bearers in the world, are living most in tune with God’s purposes for our lives, utilizing our God-given gifts and passions, flourishing in our God-directed pursuits, and accomplishing great things in the name of God and for the expansion of the Kingdom of God.” 
   We can translate that this way: We don’t glorify God by wallowing in our own helplessness and hopelessness. Yes, God is great enough for all of us, but He is magnified when His creatures are maxing out what He intended for us to be. The computer programmer is most pleased when the program works; the coach is joyful when his team plays well and wins; the teacher is most honored when the students learn; and God is most glorified when His human beings live up to their God-given potential in a proper relationship with Him.
   So, thought for today: If you want to glorify God, then live today for Him. Great lives bring greater joy to God than sub-par or wasted lives. God is still in the business of redeeming, restoring, and empowering His image-bearers so they can more accurately reflect and magnify the greatness of their Creator, “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:35-36 NIV)

Charles Woodward
Retired Pastor