Unity for God’s Glory
Today’s reading: Psalm 112-115; I Corinthians 1
1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Psalm 115:1
30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:30-31
God blesses those who seek His glory, not their own and God’s blessings may only be found in seeking His glory not our own.
The Psalmist prays a prayer that God loves to answer. He prays that all glory may go to the Lord and not to himself or his people. God does deserve all glory and those who give Him praise understand this.
Paul admonishes the Christians in Corinth who are deeply divided over their loyalties to various pastors and apostles to not be divided. It was popular for these believers to identify themselves with one leader or another, forming cliques. One group even said they were “of Christ” as if the others were not. The Apostle disavows any intention of creating such parties within the congregation. He tells them that God’s wisdom is contrary to the wisdom of this world which causes people to elevate themselves. The divisions will stop when they renounce this false wisdom and find their identity in Christ. He is their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
For us, believers, today everything we need is in Him. We ought to see ourselves as one in Him not divided in competing groups. Divisions often come from the desire for our own glory. Beware of that ungodly affection that can grow in our hearts. There is but one way to the Father, through Jesus, and all of us who have come to Him are one with Him and with each other. Boast in the Lord.