Rector’s Blog: 15 September 2021
“According to His Will and for His glory”
Dear HTC family and friends,
I have just come back from two weeks leave. In my devotions during my leave, I felt prompted to explore the key Biblical themes of ‘the will of God’ and ‘the glory of God’. There is no doubt in my mind that many believers do not understand the significance of living our lives according to His will and for His glory.
It is very clear from the many Bible passages and verses that I engaged with, that we live fulfilled lives (John 10:10) once we have aligned our thoughts, attitudes, worldview, and actions to be within the will of God, and to be focused on bringing Him glory. If this is the case, what does it mean to live our lives according to His will and for His glory?
The Greek word for ‘will’ as used by Jesus in the New Testament means ‘design, desire and intent’. Let’s take this meaning into two references of Jesus (1) ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.’ (Luke 22:42) and (2) ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.’ (Matthew 7:21). In the first reference, Jesus is saying that He wants what His Father has designed and intended for His life and that He wants to fulfill the desire of His Father in that situation and indeed in every situation. In the second reference, Jesus is saying that those who follow Him are not to just give lip service to Him but to live their lives (every aspect and part) in accordance with His design, intent, and desire, as clearly revealed in His Word. As believers pursue such lives, they will find themselves within the will of God- and there is no better place to be.
Louie Giglio, in his series on the Glory of God, describes the glory of God in this manner: ‘It is the sum of all His magnificent attributes and the eternal fame of all His mysterious works.’ God is motivated in all He does by His glory: ‘For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will never yield my glory to another.’ (Isaiah 48:11). The Bible tells us that everything is made by Him and for Him… to give Him glory (Colossians 1:16), and that we ourselves have been made for His glory and to give Him glory (Isaiah 43:7).
Jesus, the Son of God (My Savior and My Master) embraces this understanding so beautifully in His cry to His Father: ‘Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour”? No, it was for this every reason that I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.’ (John 12:27-28). God is always about His glory… displaying His magnificent attributes and extending His fame through His mysterious works. Jesus wanted that for God in every situation and circumstance. When we ourselves desire in all things in our lives that He be glorified, will we not find His heart? And will we not find the joy and freedom of living for His glory?
There is no greater joy, freedom, contentment, and fulfillment than when our wills become one with His will, and when we find ourselves living for more than ourselves- we are living for His glory. If you are lacking joy or freedom or contentment or fulfillment, then get back to basics: ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are living outside the will of God and ask Him to show you where your life is not bringing Him glory. Commit afresh to ask every day, in every circumstance, these two questions: ‘What is the will of Jesus?’ and, ‘How can Jesus be glorified here?’.
‘Jesus died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.’ (2 Corinthians 5:15)
Bless you all,