Romans 5:6-8 : You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Wow, God is amazing.
In today’s world, where we are getting more and more comfortable and self sufficient each day, we tend to ask a lot of questions.
Can’t we do without God?
The more self sufficient we feel, the more we are prone to bringing God down. So in today’s world, when you read the Bible and you see a God who wants everyone to worship him only and do everything only for His glory, you get the picture of a God who is selfish.
What right does he have to say that?
But in truth, he’s not selfish.
First of all, the God of the Bible is a God in three persons. That’s right- trinity.
In eternity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit loves each other and has a great relationship with each other. Throughout the Bible, you see how they lift each other up, but never themselves. Jesus always gives glory to the Father, while the Father always gives glory to His Son, Jesus. So when God asks us to do everything for the glory of God, we have to remember that they are never seen glorifying themselves but each other. The Father wants the Son to be glorified and the Son wants the Father to be glorified. So, in this sense it is not their selfishness but their selflessness that is seen.
Furthermore, it’s not like God needs any glory from us. God is fulfilled in himself. The Son gets the most perfect form of respect, love and acceptance from Father and the Holy Spirit. The same goes for the Father and the Holy Spirit. Each person in the Holy Trinity is satisfied by the other two persons.
So why does God ask us to give him glory?
Well the answer lies not in the receiver of the glory, but the giver.
God asks us to give him glory for our benefit.
What? That makes no sense.
We have been made as beings who are wired in a way that makes us want to give back love and compassion shown to us. Somebody forgives you unconditionally. When they do that, it’s like you have to do something in return.
Romans 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Forgiveness is for the person giving it, not the person receiving it. For the forgiver is on a higher road than the person receiving the forgiveness. Now the latter has to do something to get back to that higher road, where what kindness had been just shown to him will be equalized.
God is the real deal. He is the one who is actually deserving of our thanks and exaltation. So once you realise what God has done for you, once you realise that he gave up what made him satisfied, what was the apple of his eye, the one he loved most, his only Son, on the cross, that’s some difference right there between who you are and who God is. That makes a huge difference between what you’ve done for God and what he has done for you. And you will never be satisfied until you fall down on your knees and give God the glory.
God respects your free will and you have the ability to make a choice. This is what drives you to give back love you receive. \
And God shares his glory with us!
John 1: 14 : And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
God shares with us His glory, the glory of the creator of the universe through His Son, Jesus Christ. The glory that Moses longed to see in Exodus, is now open to us.
2 Corinthians 4:6 : For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
We can now look upon his wonderful face and see His glory and start our everyday with joy through the Word, for it was the Word that became flesh. And he speaks to us and reveals to us His glory
What a gift!!
What an amazing God. He is completely satisfied. He does not need our gifts and our thanks but still he made us and loved us, in eternity.
This is selfless love. Perfect love. Amazing love!
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