Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Don't be a Glory Robber

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" -Colossian 3:17

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" -1 Corinthians 10:31

Paul is trying to tell us something about life.  No matter what is going on in your life.  No matter the circumstances.  No matter the events.  No matter the time.  Whatever it is or what we do, it ought to all be done in the name of Jesus Christ and for his glory.  God's people desire to represent Christ by ascribing to him the glory.  We are no longer our own but we realize we have been bought with a price, a great price.  We belong to him.  Our allegiance is to him.  Everything we do should be done for his name sake.

In Colossians 3:17, Paul says, "In the name of the Lord Jesus."  "Lord" is "he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has the power of deciding; he is the master."  Jesus alone has the title Lord.  Remember, "for by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorties - all things were created through him and for him" (Col. 1:16).  "For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever" (Rom. 11:36).  We belong to him because he created us.  Yet we turned in rebellion against him.  We wanted to have preeminence because in our own idea of wisdom we thought we were a better God.  We are glory robbers.  Glory robbing is a serious sin.  We want or desire people to worship us.  We desire Facebook likes, retweets, followers, friends, comments because we want glory.  Until we can see our sin on this level, the level that understands stealing glory from God is deeply sinful, we will never fully understand God's reconciling grace.  We may tend to be decent people in the eyes of others but oh to see our own hearts!  We want the glory!  We want the praise!  We want to be worshipped!  But we are told that in whatever we do, whether in word or deed, we are to do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are to give him glory!  

Grace upon grace,
JRL

Admonishing One Another

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God" -Colossians 3:16

Admonishing is to warn or exhort another.  The people who love you the most will not only teach you the truth but, when needed, will admonish you with the truth as well.  Those who love you the most will also take the time to learn how to admonish a brother or sister in Christ.  Those doing the admonishing need grace as well as those being admonished.  Admonishing is not something most of us like to do or have done to us.  Have you ever been admonished?  It hurts.  But a friend will be willing to admonish you in hopes that you will respond in repentance so that furth damages from sin will not occur.  This is a reason why we need to be a part of a local church that holds up the word of God.  

Grace upon grace,
JRL