I seldom write a blog to underscore a sermon that God has placed on my heart, but this will be an exception. When we glorify God, we make his name great. When Jesus in John chapter twelve turned away from a prayer for deliverance and turned instead to cry out for the Father to glorify his name, he was setting us a powerful example that we should always keep in mind. When our interests are consumed with safety, health, prosperity, and other comfortable outcomes, we fail to take into account that Spiritual heroism involves deliberately sacrificing these things and more for a greater cause. Whether we know it or not, we all need a cause greater than ourselves in life. It is fine to ask God’s help when we are in dire circumstances, but we must do so realizing that God may help us by strengthening us to endure things unto his glory. This is not a lesser answer than deliverance. In fact, it is a greater answer. The cross and resurrection required Jesus to avoid asking to be rescued and instead of this to surrender to God’s eternal purpose. We need to always hold before our eyes a vision of God’s eternal purposes. Many foolish decisions are made simply to satisfy our tastes and appetites rather than to glorify God.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

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