God’s glory – what we do!

The Doctor's Life Support for 8 August

‘This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.’

John 15: 8

When we sing and proclaim the glory of God, of what do we naturally think? To my mind comes the wonder of his eternal existence, that he made everything and keeps track of all that is in creation – even to counting small birds and the hairs on people’s heads! Then, too, is it not amazing that the Almighty should describe himself as Love, the love which gives itself for others? (1 John 3: 16) But what does Jesus say of his Father’s glory? It is that we, you and I, his followers, should bear a lot of that sort of fruit which demonstrates that we are Christ’s disciples. In other words, what God Almighty regards as his glory, is what we his followers do, quite apart from what he does. God the Creator treasures supremely how we live to demonstrate his love and grace, through what we do and how we do it. The more like Jesus we are, the greater our proclamation of the glory of God. For us, how do we define our glory, what makes us pleased or proud? Is it that we have attained a prominent position or become famous for some particular discovery or therapy? If God glories in what people do in following him, should we not assess our value in terms of what others do because of us? Paul described his glory and joy, and that of his colleagues, as being the Christ-like lives of those to whom they had ministered. (1 Thessalonians 2: 19–20) Similarly, John echoes what many a parent feels when witness is given that one’s children are walking in the truth of Christ. (2 John: 4; 3 John: 4) Our glory then, as with God, is in what others are or do because of us.

Written by R Keith M Sanders from the UK

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