Day 18 Theme: Church Life
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages - Ephesians 3:21
The goal of the church is the glory of God. Although our attention and efforts are so easily distracted toward building programs, political games, or personal relationships, none of these can substitute as a foundation or motivation for the church. The church exists to glorify God in the world.
But we cannot do this in our own strength. That is why Paul prays that this glory will come by Christ Jesus. The more we rely on our own ingenuity, business savvy, or personality for the success of the church, the less God is glorified in the church.
Any organization can thrive through careful business models or market research. But Christ's church dies without Christ. God is glorified in the church only as Christ as looked to as the sole source of strength and motivation and direction for the church.
Thank God, though, He has not left the church merely to the inventions and power of any person or earthly organization. He has purposed that glory will be given Him, by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages.
What about you? Are you part of God's plan for glorifying Himself? If you are not actively involved in a local church then you cannot take part in this great purpose.
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