Seeking God’s Glory
Seeking God’s Glory
We know that God would never do anything that would harm us He always has our best interest. Our response to adversity should be to seek God’s glory. This attitude is illustrated in Paul during his imprisonment in Rome. Not only was he imprisoned but there were men, supposedly fellow ministers of the gospel who were actually trying to add to his trouble by their preaching. Philippians 1:14–17 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
When we look at the next verse, we can observe Paul’s response to the charges that were made against him. Philippians 1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice. It really doesn’t matter what happens to me or how I am afflicted by all of this. The important thing is what happens to the gospel. Most of us have not progressed that far in our Christian maturity. We have not attained that degree of selflessness that Paul had during his imprisonment. It still does not matter what happens, this is most of our attitude. This needs to be our goal – we need to watch for opportunities to grow in pursuit of that attitude. What if someone has more talents than you have? Would you step aside – very graciously – and allow that person to use their talents? What would be your response?
This is your opportunity to grow as we pursue the attitude of selflessness – being concerned only for God’s glory. If you will respond to God in this and humble yourself under His mighty hand you will experience His grace enabling you to be concerned primarily – if not entirely – with his glory. You will have grown more into the likeness of Jesus Christ who laid aside His glory to die for you.
Philippians 2:1–11 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We must see the hand of God in this event (your current adversity) knowing that He who does all things well intends this only for your good. To help us put all this into proper perspective a quote from Alexander Carlson:
“Nothing can be more consoling to the man of God, then the conviction that the Lord who made the world governs the world; and that every event, great and small, prosperous and adverse, is under the absolute disposal of Him who doth all things well, and who regulates all things for the good of His people. The Christian will be confident and courageous in duty, in proportion as he views God in His Providence as ruling in the midst of his enemies; and acting for the good of His people, as well as for His own glory, even in the persecution of the gospel.”
In your most recent adversity did you seek the glory of God?