Wednesday, 9 July 2014

To God Be The Glory!


Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelations 4:11).)
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The Bible begins by introducing us to the origin of all creation: God (Genesis 1). In his gospel, John further corroborated the creation story with more information. Writing about Jesus, he said: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:1-3). Then in Revelations, John again opens our eyes to the reality of creation and human life: All of creation exists to give God pleasure. Though, the origin of all creation is explicit in Scriptures; not all believe in God and His being the Creator of all things. The bible is not charitable with words at all in describing these people: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God..." (Psalms 53:1).

Hear Isaac Newton's assertion about creation:

The solar system itself could not have been produced by blind chance or fortuitous causes but only by a cause very well skilled in mechanics and geometry.
Simply put, The universe and all that is within it has a Master designer behind it. All things—including you and I ―are and were created by God for His pleasure; His glory. We are not an accident. We didn't just happen. God's words to Jeremiah are equally true of us: "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5).

These words, though specific to Jeremiah, it gives us a precedent and an example that every single soul that walks on earth is here on a God given assignment. We are here on His errand. His glory. His joy. His purposes. His agenda. His plans. Everything in the end is to His glory. “Arise, shine; for...his glory shall be seen upon thee.“ (Isaiah 60:1-2). To God Be The Glory! That phrase should be the marching orders of our lives. The glory of God should be our major pursuit in life: Whatever we do; whatever we aim to achieve in this life and whatever we hope to become, the glory must go to our God.

This life is more than us. It is more than our dreams and visions. It’s more than the things we want to achieve for ourselves. There's a bigger agenda, and that agenda is the glory of God. Life is for “His name sake“: “...he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake“ (Psalms 23:3). Like John the Baptist, our confession must be “He must increase. I must decrease“ (John 3:30). And also, together with Paul, we proclaim His glory: 

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11: 33-36).