GLORIFYING JESUS

Scripture Reading: II Thessalonians 1:11,12

“To this end we always pray for you, that God may mke you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Thessalonians 1:11,12)

Paul had been dealing with the issue of the final judgment and the glorification of the saints — “When He comes on that day to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed” (v. 10). With these things in mind, Paul prays for the Thessalonians and for all believers.

First, he prays that God will make us worthy of His calling. Only God can do this. He made us worthy through our justification, when our sins were forgiven and the righteousness of Christ was imputed to us. He continues to make us worthy through our sanctification, His continuing work in us. He perseveres with us, keeping us in His grace. He gives us strength to resist temptation and He continues His work in us and He will do so until the day of Jesus Christ — “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Only God can make us worthy of His calling.

Second, Paul prays that God will fulfill every resolve we make for good and every work we attempt by faith. Without His power and presence, our best efforts will fail. We constantly need the strength of our Savior to enable us to fulfill the resolutions we make. We are totally dependent upon Christ’s presence to enable us to do anything significant for the kingdom.

Third, Paul prays that through our lives Jesus will be glorified. This is our chief end — “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” We must remember that we can do this only by the grace of God. However, we should be motivated out of love and gratitude to do all to the glory of Christ — “So, whether you ear or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31). Our first thought about anything we do should be — Does it bring glory to my Savior?

Lord Jesus, grant me grace to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel. Enable me to fulfill the resolutions I make and to accomplish the works I do in faith. And above all, I pray that whatever I do it will bring glory to You.

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