Thursday, February 15, 2007

To God Be The Glory, TODAY and Forever!

**UPDATED

“To him be glory both now and forever.” (2 Peter 3:18)

What might the great Charles Spurgeon say to the Hal Lindeys, Tim LaHayes, Jack Van Impes, John Hagees, and the other "left behinders" of the world today - whose eyes, and hearts, and focus of ministry always appear to be toward the "rapture," and "Lord's millennial reign?"

I believe he'd say, "Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying him now? The apostle’s words are, “To him be glory both now and for ever.”

Amen, Charles!

Here's the entire devotional for this morning.

Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, “to him be glory.” Is he not a “Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek”? “To him be glory.” Is he not king for ever?—King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? “To him be glory for ever.” Never shall his praises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the lustre of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised for ever. Long as immortal spirits live—long as the Father’s throne endures—for ever, for ever, unto thee shall be glory. Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying him now? The apostle’s words are, “To him be glory both now and for ever.” Will you not this day make it your prayer? “Lord, help me to glorify thee; I am poor, help me to glorify thee by contentment; I am sick, help me to give thee honour by patience; I have talents, help me to extol thee by spending them for thee; I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve thee; I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but thine, and glow with no flame but affection for thee; I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of thee and for thee; thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose: I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into thy treasury; I am all thine; take me, and enable me to glorify thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.”
(
Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning & Evening, Morning, Feb. 15)

**Update -
Consider A.W. Pink's confirming observations and admonition to the church:
"If the diligence which is now paid to the ransacking of daily newspapers in search for sensational items which are regarded as 'signs of the times,' and if the time that is now given to Bible conferences was devoted to confession of sin and crying unto God to raise up a man after His own heart, whom He would use to bring back His wayward people into the paths of righteousness, it would be spent to much greater profit." (A.W. Pink, The Life of David, Ch. 2)

1 Comments:

At 2/15/2007 9:24 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

Great post. And he would probably say just that to most of us!

 

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