My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Give God the Glory!
On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them.
(Acts 12:21 NASB)
The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”
(Acts 12:22 NASB)
And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
(Acts 12:23 NASB)
But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
(Acts 12:24 NASB)
Not long ago we had seen the development of the relationship
between Pilate and Herod on the day of Jesus' execution. These two men
who had been rivals developed a relationship over a common goal which
was politically expedient to them. However, as followers of God we are
charged with following the Truth, even when that may not be politically
expedient. Now, we hear of Herod's demise. On the final day of his
life he dresses in his royal robes and placing himself above the people
he begins delivering a speech. What a powerful speech it must have
been, and he must have had incredible charisma and oratorical skills.
The crowd went wild and literally began to worship the man. They said
that he had the voice of a god and not that of a man. They were
absolutely in awe of him, and he let it go on and never gave God any of
the credit for the talents and abilities which he had. God could take
no more of this one who was so full of himself. Herod's demise is worse
than that of his servants'. He is struck, eaten by worms and dies.
The curious placement of those three words makes you wonder about what
happened -- for it doesn't say that he was struck dead and then eaten by
worms. Rather, he was struck, then eaten by worms and then died.
Sounds a little nasty and that there was some personal realization on
his part that he had tried to place himself at the level of God. This
was not the case because God continued to do his work and the word of
the Lord continued to grow and be multiplied.
God's purpose in acting in and through us in this world is that he
would be glorified. All the talents and abilities which we have are
special and unique gifts from God. His intention is that we will use
them according to his purposes. They are not gifts that make us better
than anyone else, or, especially at any level close to God. Rather,
what we do with the abilities that he has given us helps to reveal him
to the world around us.
God has a plan to reach out to humanity and this included the church
which he said He (Jesus) would build. Notice that when God was getting
the glory, his work continued to grow and multiply.
There are too many examples of Herod-like activity these days, even
within the life of the church. We have the ability to turn on the
charm, play the best music and speak eloquent words. However, if all of
that does not point people to Jesus Christ -- if people are attracted
to church because of the speaker, the music, or even the coffee and
donuts, then I question whether or not God is really at work. If we
give God all the glory, then he will continue to do the work, just as he
did in the days of the early church, when the work of God continued to
grow and be multiplied. The key here is the work of God. It is his
work, it is his kingdom, and we are simply invited to join in and
participate in all that he already has planned. He doesn't need us to
tell him what to do, but he does want us to participate, remembering to
give him the glory!
Lord, I thank you that I have the joy and privilege of going into
your house today. My heartfelt prayer is that you will be glorified in
all that is said and done! Amen.