Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Yesterday, we saw that our right living—everything that’s pleasing to the Father—flows from Jesus. He’s our source and supply. There are no “seven steps” to living a better Christian life. It’s Christ and Christ alone. The sooner we learn that, the better it is. The Christian life is a supernatural life that can only find its inception, growth, and maturity in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Unless it flows from Him, it’s unacceptable to the Father. How much of what we’ve said and done will be burnt up like wood, hay, and straw (see 1 Cor. 3:12-13). When we listen to much of today’s preaching, there’s little emphasis, if any, on the fact that Jesus is our only source for what’s good and right. Apart from Him, we’ve nothing! That’s why He stated: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).
Just like a lamp isn’t much appreciated or even noticed in broad daylight, even so Jesus’ riches won’t be deeply treasured apart from a heartfelt spiritual poverty. Didn’t John the Baptist say: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30)? They go hand in hand. We either think much of ourselves or much of Jesus. Some think so much of themselves that there’s little room for Jesus.
Today’s verse is undeniably clear, stated twice. We don’t deserve any glory. All glory belongs to God, including for all our righteous words and works. Was it not for the sake of His steadfast love and faithfulness, we would’ve been among the worst of sinners. Do you believe and feel that?
One more thing…
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