The Second Sunday After Christmas: "Proclaiming God's Glory"
Ephesians chapter one tells us how the Lord our God, through Jesus Christ, lavished on us His amazing love by blessing us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. He has blessed us with everything pertaining to life and godliness. He has predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus. We have redemption through the Blood of our Savior and are therefore forgiven from all our trespasses. He has revealed to us the mystery of His will, His wisdom. He has given us an inheritance. And after receiving His word and salvation, we are sealed in Jesus by His Holy Spirit. All these wondrous things He has done for us and given us are to equip us to do the work of the Kingdom and to proclaim His glory!
All of God’s creation must desire to proclaim His glory, but there is no human formula to do it; because it must come from a true heart of thankfulness. For instance, when we experience God’s goodness and saving grace in a situation in our lives and we see Him miraculously rescue us, our hearts will joyfully and sincerely give the best thanksgiving we can ever offer our Lord! Giving thanks to our Almighty is proclaiming His glory! It magnifies His goodness and greatness, and proclaims His righteousness! As we do this, people around us will see His glory in our actions and our outlook and magnify the Lord Who is in Heaven!
The life we live daily, trusting in His guidance and protection in our everyday routine, His provisions for our needs day after day, the food on our tables each meal ... as we look unto our precious Lord, our total trust in Him is our proclamation of His glory! For mothers, by our trust that He will take care of our children in school every day and protect them as they commute, keeping them away from the wiles of the enemy, He is glorified!
When we pray for each other, praying for a brother in need of God’s grace in the midst of trials and suffering; when we reach out to and visit the afflicted ones; when we reflect our Lord’s heart of compassion for our brethren--our God is magnified and glorified!
Proclaiming God’s glory is a lifestyle. It is living a life focused on reflecting the characters of our loving Father, showing the people around us that we have an awesome, Almighty Father who loves us more than we could imagine. He is very much alive and very much concerned for us! So, like a lamp on a lampstand, let us let our light shine, that people may see and glorify our Father Who is In Heaven!