walk in the word
20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. —Ephesians 3:20-21
What you just read is a doxology—“glory/praise” (doxo) and “words of” (logia). These were some of Paul’s glorious words about God’s glory!
So, what was Paul saying? Church is for the glory of God. Church is to show off how awesome God is. Whatever else we might experience when we are gathered as the Church of Jesus Christ, may it always be primarily a healthy dose of God’s glory! Let God figure out how many people want to experience the glory of God, and that’s why it says, to him be glory in the church. The church is the place of Christ’s glory. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your neighbor coming to Christ, your marriage being healed, or your child being changed—all these are little tributaries of glory to God that fill up little thimbles, and then we bring our little thimbles when we gather with other believers. Harvest Bible Chapel, or the church you attend, is never “big time” in God’s view, all right? The sum total of all our little thimbles of glory add up to a very small bucket that we joyously dump into the immeasurable ocean of God’s worthiness and glory. Is that ocean deeper because of Harvest? Is the ocean greater because of worship at your church? It’s an awesome thing that we even get to put anything in the ocean of God’s glory.
Are you part of a great church? Don’t be puffed up about the human part of that equation. Whatever and whoever is praiseworthy in church all goes back to God. Glory belongs to Him and Him alone. If it stops with us, if the glory is about us, we’re already in trouble. Glory to the church, rather than to her God, should be revolting to the heart of anyone who understands that the church is about the glory of Jesus Christ and nothing else. We want people to see how awesome God is through His great Son, Jesus Christ. The church is the place of Christ’s glory. Paul’s prayers for the Ephesian church should echo in our own: “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Prayer: Father in heaven, I acknowledge that giving glory to You in the church begins with me. If I’m waiting for others to bring You praise before I lift my voice, I’m failing to appreciate that amazing privilege I have to add my little bit of glorious report to Your great and worthy glory. Teach me to anticipate opportunities to gather with others to be encouraged by the evident wonder of Your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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