“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:16
“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” ~ 1 Peter 4:11
In recent times, many Believers have been praying for great national economic recovery. Is that the will of God? Think about it: Why do we want our nation’s economy to prosper?
“O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.” ~ Psalm 4:2
Do we honestly think that prosperity would bring God glory? And shouldn’t we be predominantly praying for God’s glory? Show me a rich nation or person that is godlier because of their riches.
Conversely, am I saying that poverty brings godliness? NO!! Neither poverty nor riches will, in themselves, bring God glory.
Scripture tells us to “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33): God’s highest priority is His glory and that must also be ours:
“…that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ” ~ 1 Peter 4:11
Many of us in the evangelical Church today have convinced ourselves that our agenda is also God’s. However, our agenda MUST be informed by The Scriptures, not our feelings. And The Scriptures tell us that God’s glory tops His agenda.
Accordingly, God is not primarily speaking to nations now. Today, God is speaking to The Church: Christ’s bride (Ephesians 5:25-29); His called out ones (1 Peter 2:9): Who are strangers to this world (1 Peter 2:11) and whose affections are set above, not on earthly prosperity (Colossians 3:1-3).
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” ~ Colossians 3:1-3
And sadly that message is all but absent from many of our churches.