The Holiness of the Ekklesia | Possessing the Treasure

The Holiness of the Ekklesia | Possessing the Treasure.

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For the glory of God!!

1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us that we are to do everything to the glory of God. Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it to the glory of God. All the through the scriptures we see that everything God did was for his name sake and for his glory. Jesus himself said he came for the glory of God and to do God’s will. The scriptures tell us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be added to us. Our lives should be lived in a way that brings glory to the Father. I often see too many people running around blind doing busy things and trying to “work” for God and in the process the glory is lost because there is no ministering unto the Lord. When we are so busy working for God we tend to lose sight of giving honor to him and ministering unto him as Lord. Some might argue that working for God is giving glory to him. There are many who seek to steal the glory from God and place themselves in the spotlight because they are involved in so much or they are working for God. Anything that takes the light off God and puts it on ourselves is not giving him glory but places man at the front of the table. I’ve heard many people who honor their pastors and leaders way more that they honor God. Well my pastor said or so and so said……..Where is God’s glory. We don’t have to busy to glorify God. Being obedient to his word and living your life under the Lordship of Christ gives God more glory that anything you could ever do for him. God saves us and requires obedience from us for his glory, not our own. The humiliation that Jesus suffered unto the death of the cross was for the glory of God. God says in his word that he will share his glory with no one. I often hear the term, let’s make God look good……God said in his word that if the people wouldn’t praise him the rocks would cry out. All of creation cries out to God and God does not need anyone to make him look good. Our obedience glorifies him.

Lets step back and take a look at our lives and see how we are glorifying God. Are we loving the Lord thy God with all of our heart soul and mind? Men are we loving our wives as Christ loved the church? Are we raising our kids in the admonition of the Lord? Are we serving one another, loving our enemies, sharing Christ with our words and our lives? Lets not think because we are busy working for him, that we are bringing glory to him in that way. The pharisees were busier than anyone doing the outward signs and works of God, but Jesus said their hearts were wicked and they were far for him. They were so busy, they didn’t recognize the savior when he was right in front of them.

Read the book of Job, the psalms, life of Peter, who failed so many times when given a task by God, but yet Jesus told him in John 21:18-20 that Peter would glorify God in death. Even thought Peter had failed many times before, he would endure till the end and in that he would glorify God.

Stay faithful and live each day by the grace of mercy of God which is new each morning giving glory to him in everything you do.

Rob Crosby