2 Peter 3:18b
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
As the Apostle Peter closes his letter, his salutation reminds us of the purpose of his life and the prescribed purpose of our lives.
Peter, after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, was a changed man. Before the death and resurrection, Peter, along with the others, was pretty self-centered wanting to be an important part of the earthly kingdom of Jesus. The disciples wanted to be on the right and left thrones, they wanted to be leaders, they wanted to be BIG in Jesus’ coming kingdom. But after the resurrection, they realized who they were in the light of who Jesus was.
When they were big in their own eyes, the disciples fled when Jesus was arrested. But when Jesus was big in their eyes they stood boldly for Him on the Day of Pentecost and later in front of the Sanhedrin, and for the rest of their lives.
Can we say that we want the Lord to receive all of the glory both now and forever? Do we live to give Jesus Christ all of the glory for all that we do? There are things that you and I are good at, do we give the Lord Jesus glory for what we are good at? When we realize that we don’t have anything that He has not given us and that all of our gifts have come from Him, then we can give Him the glory. When He is big in our eyes, He receives the glory for all that we do.
May we never be sponges absorbing the praise of men but may we be mirrors ever reflecting the praise of men up to God thanking Him for all that He has given us enabling to do all that we do.
To Him be the glory both now and forever.
Pray with us today. Pray for one another today. Pray in the Spirit today. Ask God who needs prayer and let Him lead in your prayer. We need the prayers of one another. I am thankful for your prayers. We will not know until we get to heaven just how much the prayers of one another matter.
Pray for our kids in school. They are in a busy time of tests and projects and concerts and graduations. Some of them are busier than they have ever been. Pray for their strength physically, mentally, and spiritually during the next two weeks.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS