I would like to continue my thoughts of yesterday if it is alright with you. I realize that we do not glorify God in the manner that we should and so have read some more texts and thoughts to help us do the job well.
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Jesus is saying 'do good works so others will encounter the goodness of God in you and glorify Him.
Philippians 1:11 " Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
We cannot do good works that glorify God of ourselves, it is impossible, because all of our good intentions and good works are self-centered and tainted with 'see what I have done'.
Ephesians 2:8-10 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; not of works lest any man should boast; for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
We are saved by grace through faith, we cannot earn salvation by our good works, because if we could then we would have something to boast about. When He saves us from our selfish selves then He can work in us to do the good works that bring glory to His name. We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, we are not saved by our good works, we are saved to do good works and glorify our Father in heaven.
This has been a hard one for me, I always thought that I had to do good works to be saved but now I find out that when I am saved by grace through faith in Christ, I will do the good works that glorify Him. What a blessed thought and it takes all the hard work out of salvation. We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works so we will glorify Him. In other words when we are saved by grace through faith, He does the work in us and through us as we stay in His presence day by day and hour by hour and sometimes minute by minute.
I truly hope this has blessed you as it has me. It is the blessed assurance of salvation to us. Do you see how it works? I hope so. Please stay in His presence and let Him do the work in you and through you to glorify Him in all that you are and do. Grandma Joan