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To God Be The Glory

As Jesus was passing through Jericho for the last time on His way to Jerusalem He was approached by a blind man named Bartimaeus. Bartimacus asked to be healed of his blindness and Jesus healed him. In St. Luke 18:43 we read, “And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.” The result of the healing was more than Bartimaeus receiving his sight. The greater result was the glory of God.

We often refer to God’s glory and sing of His glory, but do we realize how primary God’s glory is? Like all people ancient Israel was a disobedient and rebellious people. So why was God merciful to them? Speaking through the prophet Ezekiel God said, “But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I brought them out.”

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray, “Hallowed be Thy name….” This the first petition expresses the desire that the Father be glorified. We conclude the prayer with the words, “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory….” Jonathan Edwards wrote, “God’s glory is the Alpha and the Omega in the prayer.”

The primary desire of Christ was the glorification of the Father. Christ made this clear when He said, “`Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? “Father save me from this hour.” No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father glorify thy name.` Then a voice came from heaven,`I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.`” (St. John 12:27,28) God’s glory is what is most important to Jesus, therefore, it should be most important to us.

We need to distinguish between primary goals and secondary benefits. Often we confuse and reverse the two, i.e., we think the secondary benefits are primary. This can be illustrated in several ways.

Take for example moral standards, and in particular sexual morality. The reason usually given even by Christians for not being sexually promiscuous is to avoid physical and psychological harm to ourselves and others. We are told not to have sex outside of marriage to avoid an unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. Those certainly would be a secondary benefit, but are far from the primary reason for being sexually pure. St. Paul gave us the primary reason when he wrote, “Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (I Cor. 6:18-20) As Christians we are to be moral people not to avoid bad consequences (that is a secondary benefit), but to bring glory to God.

We often pray for physical healing. But why should God heal, why does He heal? In speaking of Lazarus Jesus said to His disciples, “This illness is not unto death, it is to the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it.” (St. John 11:4) The primary reason for the raising and healing of Lazarus was the glory of God. In the service of Unction we pray for the sick one, “…that being restored to soundness of health, he may offer thee praise and thanksgiving…” (BCP p. 512) We do not pray that the person be healed that they might go to the mall or play golf (those are secondary benefits), but that they might glorify God.

These are but two illustrations and several others could be given. We often focus on the secondary human benefits rather than the primary (God’s glory) because we and our desires have become the center of the universe. St. Paul wrote, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31) Even when we pray for healing our primary desire should be the glory of God. There are times when our prayers go unanswered, because our primary focus is on ourselves not on God. We need to ask ourselves, “Is God’s glory uppermost in my life?” That is the most important question which we individually and as a church can ask ourselves.

by Rev. F. M. Levi

 

Missionary of The Month

Greg & Helena Wright. Home Office Computer System. Arab World Ministries, P.O. Box 96, Upper Darby, PA 19082.


Congratulations to Beth & Will Garrison on the birth of their twins, William & Audrey, born June 15, 2007. Proud grandparents are Rev. & Mrs. Frank Levi.


Sunday School

Sunday School classes resume Sunday, September 9th at 9:30 a.m. While the children are attending Sunday School the adults will have Morning Prayer and a Bible lesson in the chapel.


Choir

Choir resumes rehearsals on August 30, 7:30 p.m.


Rummage Sale

The annual Woman’s Guild Rummage Sale was extended to two Saturdays, June 9th and June 23rd, 2007. It was a great success with a total profit of $900.53. Thank you to all who donated items and helped out.



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Aug. 1 – Anne Robertson
Aug. 7 – Rev. Frank Levi
Aug. 7 – Florence Auman
Aug. 18 – Adam Sellers
Aug. 22 – John Robert Robertson
Aug. 24 – Joan Reagan

 

GOD’S LOVE

God’s Love is like the rolling ocean,
So deep and very wide.
No force can ever hope to check,
Or stop its surging tide.

Like craggy mountains towering upward,
Vast and strong and tall,
There is no measure for His love,
And yet I have it all!

-O.J. Robertson

 


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