Thursday, August 9, 2012

When We Receive Blessings, Does God Receive The Glory?

I love to sing “To God Be The Glory,” in the worship assembly. That song is a great reminder that all of the praise and glory belongs to God.

We live in a wonderful country full of blessings. For the most part, we live in a pretty comfortable situation. How often do we remember to give praise and glory to God for the bountiful blessings we enjoy? We know that every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17). If you keep that Bible truth in the front of your mind and consider all the blessings in your life, it should cause a sense of awe and thankfulness to overcome you. We serve an awesome God who is better to us than we deserve.

It is easy to look around us and see a world full of sin and negative situations. It is easy to see those situations and complain about them and lament over how bad the world is. I am not saying that we should minimize the seriousness of sin in the world. What might the world be like if we were as passionate about being thankful for our blessings as we are about seeing the negative? What if the world saw Christians praising and glorifying God for all the blessings He bestows on us? What if, instead of complaining, we spent our time telling people of the wonderful blessings found in Christ Jesus? Consider what Paul said in Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” When we look at the big picture, Christians are the richest people on Earth. We are blessed beyond measure by our Father in heaven. We ought to be the people who want to share the riches we have with the world who is outside of Christ.

We sing the song “To God Be the Glory,” we ought to live the kind of life that gives Him the glory He deserves. I am so thankful for the rich blessings our Lord gives to each of us. If we want the world to be fellow heirs in Christ Jesus, we must be willing to show the world how thankful we are to be as blessed as we are.

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