Sunday, March 14, 2010

God is pursuing His own Glory

In reading Philippians so far it is clear that Paul is concerned with three things:

1. The Glory of Christ

2. The Advance of the Gospel

3. The Progress of the faith of believers

The first of these is enhanced by the second two. As the gospel is advanced and people come to Christ, God is glorified. As believers grow in grace and bear spiritual fruit, God is glorified.

All of this has served to remind me that God is pursuing His glory. Paul's statement in Philippians 1:21 makes more sense in light of this reality:

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

This verse is sandwiched between statements about the Glory of Christ (1:10,18,20, and 26) so living for Christ means living for God's glory- our chief end, our main purpose.

Living means Christ being magnified in and through our lives.

Your greatest satisfaction will be in doing God’s Will, living for Christ. If you are not living for Christ, you will not have satisfaction- you will have constant discontentment, discomfort, and unrest. The goal of God is Christ’s glory, not our idol worship. The goal of God is to magnify the name of Christ, not to satisfy our lusts. The goal of God is to exalt the name of Jesus in all the earth, not pander to our latest obsession. The goal of God is the lifting up of Christ for people to look and live, not to grant us all the physical pleasures we think we are entitled to. The goal of God is to cause men and women to rejoice at the revealing of Messiah, not to make us more rich, powerful, popular, or whatever it is we have turned life’s focus over to.

The reason so many people in the world are miserable is because they lack the truth about what is really important, what really matters in this life and our overall existence. What’s so sad is that many Christians have seemed to rise no farther in their understanding of ultimate purpose than unbelievers.

Praise God for granting us a clear purpose. We live for Christ and His glory, by His grace. To live is Christ.


Woody Woodward said...

One of the books I am currently reading is a small book by my favorite author, Randy Alcorn, it is called “The Treasure Principal” He has one chapter dedicated to the unspeakable glories that awaits us the moment we enter heaven’s gates of splendor. As I read his vivid portrayal this morning I reflected on your sermon from yesterday, and the title of today’s blog. God is pursuing His own glory!

Rick Calohan said...

The beauty of Philippians is Paul’s contentment throughout the epistle. Here he is confined in prison, knowing that his earthly life is at an end but here he reminds all those that are in Christ, that to live is Christ, and to die is Gain. Sixteen times in this epistle, he constantly reminds of us of the Joy in HIM, in CHRIST JESUS, in the LORD.

Later towards the end of the epistle, he writes Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

However, how many of us read the verse and stop short by reading it, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory…”

We stop short sometimes and read things to bring us contentment never fully realizing the joy and contentment that is in Christ alone.

Paul throughout is content, and always shifts the focus away from himself and to the cross, to Christ and His Glory, In Him, In Christ Jesus, In the Lord for His Glory, for the Advancement of the Gospel, and for the progress in faith of believers.