He gets the glory

I love how Paul concludes Philippians with the phrase, “Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever, Amen.” Paul ends this beautiful letter word a word pf praise to the Father. The church could have been quick to praise Paul for this letter and the guidance it contains. Paul wants the glory to go to the Father. It amazes me that God allows us any part of His work. He calls us to salvation, gives us gifts to serve Him, empowers us for service, opens opportunities for service, produces fruit from our labors, and adds to our rewards from our faithfulness. Can you see it’s all about Him? How gracious He is to allow us a part in His work. All that He asks of us is faithfulness. In 1 Corinthians 4:2 Paul says, “It is expected of managers that each one be found faithful.”

God’s pleasure in our service for Him is not about what we do or what we accomplish. It is measured upon faithfulness. He calls some to more noticeable tasks, others to less public service. In the Father’s books, rewards are given for faithfulness. It is all His work. It is all for His glory.

2 thoughts on “He gets the glory

  1. Jon

    I just got on your blog after talking with my dad on the phone a few minutes ago and finding out that you have been preaching expository both morning & evening services. (I found the address in the chroncile.)
    I enjoyed the above post.
    My family and I are starting to look for a new church here in Winston Salem, where expository preaching that gives God all the glory is taught. You’d be surprised, (or perhaps not) at how hard that is to find. Specially the give God all the glory part.
    Look forward to reading more in the weeks to come.
    Congratulations on the new baby.
    Blake

  2. Blake,

    Thanks. Unfortunately there aren’t as many preaching that way as there should be. I’d much rather let God’s Word speak to our hearts instead of what catchy thing I may have to say.

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