A few days ago, I picked up a book in my home that I had not touched for some time; Voices from the Past, Edited by Richard Rushing. Thomas Manton makes the observation; “O how little do we aim at the glory of God and regard it in our prayers!” (page 18). In this article he writes that “since the fall, we are corrupt and wholly poisoned with self-love…our own honor…than with God’s dishonor or God’s glory.” How much of the ‘old habits’ still linger with us who are saved by grace? Shouldn’t we live “to the praise of His glory”? (Ephesians 1:12, 14).
Paul challenges the Corinthians in a similar way; “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). How can we do that? It begins in the mind. That is why Paul exhorts us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). God will not be glorified and we will not seek His glory if our minds are not being transformed by the Holy Spirit.
What is the key to make this happen in us? Manton was correct in suggesting that we must intentionally “aim at the glory of God and regard it in our prayers!” Are you starting each day with that in your heart and on your lips? If you are, it will be seen throughout the day.
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