Yesterday was a wonderful day! At least for me. I had been ill the week before and unable to preach, so it was wonderful just to be able to preach again. But there was another factor that made the day extra-special,at least for me,–the subject. Yesterday morning I ended my sermon on the subject of God’s glory. Then last night that was the theme of my message. I came home walking on air! Then someone called and said, “That sermon was in the top five of all the sermons you ever preached”. I don’t know about that, but I do know that no subject is of greater importance. This is not about “my sermons”—it’s about God’s glory. But the story doesn’t end there. As I fired up my computer this morning, would you believe it, I came face to face with this short article by John Piper:
The supreme goal of God in history from beginning to end is the manifestation of his great glory. Accordingly our duty is to bring our thoughts, affections, and actions into line with this goal. It should become our own goal. To join God in this goal is called glorifying God. The way we glorify God is first to delight in his glory more than in anything else and be grateful for it. Then as a natural result of this joy in God we experience freedom from selfishness and are moved to seek the good of others. Thus love becomes the chief means by which we join God in the open display of his glory, and accomplish his goal in history.