By Your Grace And For Your Glory

A couple weeks ago a friend shared with us a song by Gold City Quartet titled, “By Your Grace, For Your Glory”.  You can watch a video of it here.  I know that I have worn out my wife’s patience by listening to this song over and over for about a week now.  Maybe I am autistic like she thinks.  Anyway…

There is so much truth packed into this song.  I have to admit that I cannot listen to it; as I am now, without crying.  Why?  It is simple really.  This is part of the answer to the age old question of why we are here.  Now, the first part of the answer can be found in the book of the Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

We are here for God’s pleasure.  How do we bring God pleasure?  “By His Grace, For His Glory”.  Grace is God giving to fallen man that which we do not deserve.  We need the Grace of God!  The word “glory” means glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (literal or figurative, objective or subjective) and can be translated dignity, glory(-ious), honour, praise, worship.   So, we are here to bring God pleasure by ascribing worth to Him (worship).  When we do things we should do them as an act of authentic worship.  That is really something to think about.

So, how are you doing?

Grace

There was a day in my young life that if you had said the word “grace” in my presence I would have thought of “saying grace” or praying for a meal.  The word grace means so much more than that.  It means kindness or favor.

Why do we show grace to people?  God demonstrated His grace to us and so we demonstrate grace to others.  Dare I say, we demonstrate the grace of God to others.  People have a hard time believing that people will just do some deed for them that they cannot repay.  If it Jesus Christ working in us that allows us to do such things.  I mean really, God demonstrated grace to us at the cross.  Was it not an act of kindness that Jesus died on the cross on our behalf?  Absolutely!  Grace is God giving to us that which we do not deserve.  If we received what we deserve we would all be in hell for eternity.

Look at Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”  I hope you can replace the name “Noah” and put your name there.  Grace is free to you and I; but, it cost Jesus His very life’s blood.

So, how are you doing?