“The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, considering it as an inn, but putting quite out of all consideration the idea of making it his home.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philipians 3:20 (ESV)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)
The vision of City Edge Church is that in everything we are and in everything we do, all will be for the glory of God.
For many, this may sound like a nice sentiment, something that we should already be doing anyway, but how do we do this in our daily lives?
While there are many ways, one of the ways is found in Jesus’ prayer from John chapter 17
John 17:1-4 (ESV)
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.
Verse 4 has the keys to bringing glory to God, and they are:
First – Jesus had work to do that His Father had given Him.
How often do we find ourselves running on ahead of Jesus – wanting to do something BIG for him. Our motives may be pure or they may be tainted with trying to please man rather than God, but the important thing to glean from this verse is that Jesus did only what the Father gave him to do.
Second – He brought glory to His Father by accomplishing this work.
That is He finished it. He got the job done. How often do we start things and never really bring them to a close. The work that the Father gives you may take you beyond your life to accomplish, but normally great works have small steps that can be accomplished. The great temptation when we have received our work from God is to once again run on ahead of Him and try to complete it in our own strength and with our own methods instead of working it out with Him each step of the way.
Philippians 2:13 (ESV)
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
It is God who gives us our work and it is He who is at work in us by the power of our union with Christ and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
As we simply do the next thing that God gives us to do and we do this step by step with Him, we bring the greatest glory to God and find ourselves receiving the greatest joy.