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To Him be the Glory – and Mary’s Response

TODAY'S READING IS FROM DAY #31 of Milton Vincent's A Gospel Primer for Christians - Learning to See the Glories of God's Love 

“To the praise of the glory of His grace … to the praise of His glory … to the praise of His glory.” These refrains fly as banners over the gospel truths parading through the early verses of Ephesians 1. They herald the ultimate motive of God in all His gospel acts on behalf of those whom He has saved. They also announce the effect which the gospel will most certainly wield upon those who experience its fullness. It is no surprise then, that the Apostle ends his gospel review in Ephesians 3. “To … Him be the glory,” he cries after his gospel meditations through Romans 11. “To the King … be the glory,” he urges in 1 Timothy 1 after speaking of God’s merciful saving of him. Clearly, the gospel generated in Paul an enormous passion for God’s glory; and the gospel does the same in me as I make it the meditation of my heart each day.

Understanding that I am not the ultimate end of the gospel, but rather that God’s glory is, actually enables me to embrace my salvation more boldly than I would otherwise dare to do. For example, when my timid heart questions why God would want to love one so sinful as I, I read the answer “to the praise of the glory of His grace.”

I figure then, that my unworthiness must actually be useful to God, because it magnifies the degree to which His grace might be glorified as He lavishes His saving kindness upon me. This line of reasoning makes perfect sense to me and convinces me to embrace the gospel with greater passion so that God might glorify Himself through me, an unworthy sinner.

Indeed, the more I embrace and experience the gospel, the more I delight in the worship of God, the more expressive my joy in Him becomes, and the more I yearn to glorify Him in all I say and do.


MARY’S RESPONSE:

This world will tell you that you are unworthy. That you are lacking the family heritage or the qualifications to allow your spirit to flourish. This is not so with our Lord Jesus Christ! What the world devalues, our Lord values exponentially. And why? Indeed to display HIS glory in all things, and to bestow mercy and grace where HE alone chooses to do so.

If we truly grasped the simple message of the Gospel we would live much easier lives as we understood it’s continual wooing of us to our loving Lord Jesus Christ. Once HE embraces us, we are then able to focus our spiritual eyes, grasping true priorities in life and in love, and to truly walk in newness.

Take verses like these below – how on earth can one deny our Lord Jesus Christ with words and deeds of such devotion for us?

Do Not Worry
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own." ~ Matthew 6:34

Ask and You will Receive
“Look, an hour is coming and has already come when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and you will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” ~ John 16:33

Rest for the Weary
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”~  Matthew 11:30

Our Future IS Secure
“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11.

“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”  ~ Psalm 139:16-17.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  ~ Matthew 10:29-31

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  ~ Romans 8:28-29.
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