Glorify Him! (Romans 11)

1cor10.31

There is a simple thought that is woven throughout Paul’s letter to the Romans. That idea is that no amount of works is going to save you, only faith in God can do that. This remains true even in this chapter.

Paul seems to recall Jesus’ teaching about being the vine (John 15:1-7). “But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree — some of the people of Israel — have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in.” (11:17 NLT). Paul goes on to remind the people that they are only allowed in because people had left. These people that had left, were the Jews that did not accept Jesus for who he was. Paul states “Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News” (11:28 NLT), but goes on to say that God still loves them, despite what they’ve done.

I love the way Paul ends this chapter, “For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” (11:36 NLT). This is where the works come in. There is nothing that we can give to God, that He doesn’t already have. No amount of sacrifices, or bargains, or deals are to God’s advantage. He owns the whole of Creation and everything in it. The car you drive, the house you live in, and all the money in your bank account are on loan from the Almighty God.  So our call is to use these things for His glory, not ours.

When I joined my church I pledged to faithfully participate in its ministries by my prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. I know that this is a pledge to a church, but honestly isn’t this what we pledge to God when we become His? I don’t know about you, but all I do is pray, be present, offer my gifts, serve, and bear witness. I don’t have time for anything else, do you know why? Because all we do is to be done to the glory of God. If God cannot be glorified, than there is probably something we shouldn’t be doing.

So there it is my friends. Let’s give God all the glory today. He woke us up, He’s the reason we’re here, He’s given us all we have, so why would we glorify anything else? We should be glorifying God at all times, if for no other reason than the face He saved you and me. We were dead, our sin made us that way. But God came to earth, and He gave us new life through His death. Now because of God I live! So all glory to Him, Amen!

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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So apparently I never actually posted this yesterday, so you guys luck out. 2 posts today!!!!!!!!!!

The story for the man who wrote this hymn, Robert Robinson, was actually quite inspiring. After the death of his father, his mother sent him to London to become a barber. Instead he learned to drink and became a gangster. After an unsettling encounter with a fortune teller, he and his buddies attended a meeting being held by George Whitefield, a very prominent evangelist. Three years later, after being haunted by the preachers words, Robinson gave his life to Christ. He then entered into the ministry. He wrote this hymn in order to accompany a sermon he was giving, and it has been a Church favorite ever since.

The last couple strains of this song really hit me this week, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal its, seal it for Thy courts above.” It speaks to our sinful nature and how we constantly feel a need to run from God. But then we can turn around and give our lives to God. Not only is this an autobiography of Robert Robinson, but it is also a simple statement on the human relationship with God.

This Week’s Set

  • Children of Light – Kristian Stanfill
  • Whom Shall I Fear – Chris Tomlin
  • You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman
  • Here’s My Heart – performed by David Crowder
  • Come Thou Fount – Robert Robinson, arr. Preston Howell
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin