To Him Be Glory

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Discerning how God is present and active in one’s own life is both very important and very dangerous.  It is as important as it was for Paul (during his farewell discourse in 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18) to clearly identify how God was at work in his life.  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith… the righteous Judge will award to me…,” he says (4:7-8).  And yet… to think that he is boasting is to completely misunderstand what Paul is doing.  You just have to read further to verses 16-18 to understand that.  It is indeed very dangerous if you start confusing yourself with God when you think that the power of God’s involvement in your life is something that now became yours.  But Paul says, “the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength… rescue me from every evil attack” (4:17-18).  With his final conclusion, “To him be glory for ever and ever” (4:18).  There is no room for self-assured righteousness… only an appropriate reflection back to where the glory comes from and always belong forever and in all circumstances.

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