As a Christian, we are chosen, loved, and accepted by the Father, purchased, forgiven, and righteous in the Son, and indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Spirit. This reality defines who we are. Our identity is not based upon feelings, what others may say about us, but upon the object fact of what God says about us. We can rest assured that if we’ve trusted Christ for salvation, these truths are a reality for who we are.
Yet, if we only focus on our identity, we are only going half the distance to where God is taking us in the process of transformation. I said that “Being comes before doing” and that is true. But to be faithful followers of Jesus, we also need to be doing—we need to obey. We need to respond to our great God for the love and grace and power He’s shown us.
So let’s look at the Trinity again and focus on how we are to respond to each Person. Lets’ start with the Father: Since we are chosen, loved, and accepted by the Father, how then are we to respond to the Father?
The answer: We love and seek the glory of the Father!
Do you see the two responses from us? We in turn LOVE the Father and we in turn SEEK the glory of the Father.
Because He loved us, we in turn love Him.
What did Jesus say was the Greatest Commandment?
Read Mark 12:28-30
This involves loving God with everything we are. It means that because He first loved us and has made us a new creation in Christ, we are now freed by grace to respond back to His love for us with our love for Him.
Because God is a gracious Father who has chosen, loved, and accepted us, we passionately love Him back. Our greatest desire in life should be to love God.
Yet, we are not only love God with everything that we are, but we are called to seek His glory above all else. Everything comes back to the glory of God.
Read Isaiah 42:8 and 43:6-7 and Revelation 4:11
God is first and foremost interested in God. That may sound weird to our self-centered American psyches, but God is about His glory alone and He will not share it with anyone else.
So if God is glorious, majestic and sovereign, and He has chosen us, loved us, and accepted us, then we in turn are to seek His glory above all else. Our ultimate desire in life should be to love and glorify the Father.
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:17
In essence, as a transformed believer whose identity is wrapped up in this wonderful relationship to the Father, our lives are to be ever about living for His glory above all else. Everything we do, say, think, and respond should be pointing people to the glory of God.
In John Piper’s book “Desiring God” this is what he says about what it means to glorify God: “Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth…It doesn’t mean making him honorable or increasing His honor. It means recognizing it and feeling the worth of it and ascribing it to him in all the ways appropriate to His character…For many, Christianity has become the grinding out of general doctrinal laws from collections of Biblical facts. But the childlike wonder and awe have died. The scenery and the poetry and music of the majesty of God have dried up like a forgotten peach in the back of the refrigerator…in the end, the heart longs for God Himself. To see Him and know Him and be in His presence is the soul’s final feast. Beyond this there is no quest. Words fail.”
Are you living a life of love for God and are you seeking the glory of God? Have you lost that child-like wonder and awe for the Father? Does your life’s passion consist in making much of Him instead of making much of yourself?
Spend some time in prayer right now confessing your love for the Father. Spend some time praising Him and glorifying His name and asking Him to put a passion in your soul for His majesty above all.
Our Father in Heaven,
Holy is your name. You are exalted in heaven as the Sovereign reigning over the entire universe and you will not share Your glory with another. You have created me for Your glory. Because you’ve chosen me, loved me, and accepted me in Christ, I want to freely love You and seek Your glory. Today I tell you boldly that I love You, Father! You are wonderful! I seek Your glory! I want everything in my life to be about glorifying You!
For the glory of Christ,