That God May Be Glorified
By Andrew Murray
“If any man serveth, let him serve as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Pet. 4:11).
Peter tells us what our aim ought to be in all Christian service – “that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” This is the one purpose of God, the Great Worker in heaven, the Source and Master of all work, that the glory of His love and power and blessing may be shown.
The glory of God is this, that He alone is the Living One, who has life in Himself. Yet not for Himself alone, but because His life is love, for the creatures as much as for Himself. This is the glory of God, that He is the alone and ever-flowing fountain of all life and goodness and happiness, and that His creatures can have all this only as He gives it and works it in them. His working all in all, this is His glory. And the only glory His creature, His child, can give Him is this: receiving all He is willing to give, yielding to Him to let Him work, and then acknowledging that He has done it. Thus God Himself shows forth His glory in us; and in our willing surrender to Him, and our joyful acknowledgment that He does all, we glorify Him.
See here now the spirit that ennobles and consecrates Christian service according to Peter: He that “serveth, let him serve as of the strength which God supplieth.” Let me cultivate a deep conviction that God’s work, down into the details of daily life, can only be done in God’s strength, by the power of the Spirit working in us. Let me believe firmly and unceasingly that the Holy Spirit does dwell in me, as the power from on high, for all work to be done for on high. Let me in my Christian work fear nothing so much as working in my own human will and strength, and so losing the one thing needful in my work: God working in me. Let me rejoice in the weakness that renders me so absolutely dependent upon such a God, and wait in prayer for His power to take full possession.
“Let him serve as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” The more you depend on God alone for your strength, the more will He be glorified. The more you seek to make God’s purpose your purpose, the more will you be led to give way to His working and His strength and love. Oh! that every worker might see what a nobility it gives to work, what a new glory to life, what new urgency and joy in laboring for souls, when the one purpose has mastered us: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ!