Perils of Lesser Glory preached 11/25/18
Rev. Mike Jones
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23). The essence of sin is not the badness we do but our failure to be the magnificent person God created us to be!
Please be aware that I am not talking about comparing your glory with someone else’s glory: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory (1 Corinthians 15:41). For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise (2 Corinthians 10:12).
Let me give you a few examples so you can understand what I’m talking about:
The last days Church is not condemned because of the gross immorality or sinful practices – They are condemned because they settled for the “lesser glory” of Lukewarm Living.
Demas was a worker with Paul. He is not remembered for some act of adultery or thievery; He is remembered as a man who left his post and settled for the “lesser glory” because he began to Love this Present World more than He loved God’s work-For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; (2 Timothy 4:10).
We settle for a “lesser glory” when we try to BE God instead of BELONGING to God (For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s-1 Cor 6:20). Most people do not want to obey God; they want to command God. Like Eve in the Garden, we still want something that will make us gods.
We settle for a “lesser glory” when we trust OUR THOUGHTS over GOD’S TRUTHS. Many people refuse to believe in God because God refuses to see the “reasonableness” of their prayers and desires. How many people do you know who have abandoned serving God because God did not answer their prayer for the healing of a parent of child? It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2). (Even the Body of Christ is smarter than any one part of that body-All of us are smarter than any of us).
We settle for a “lesser Glory” when we compromise with Satan about our real GOAL in life– And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Luke 4:6-8). Our goal is not to gain the world and lose our soul.
We see God’s glory when we: [The cry of Moses was “Show me thy Glory” Ex 33:18]
- seek God continuously: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). We look like who we regularly look at until we not only see His glory but SHARE His glory.
- trust God completely- But Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, (Acts 7:55). We are saved by Faith and we live by Faith; and keep getting “glimpses of Glory”.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Do not settle in sin and live a life of lesser glory when God calls you to have your sins forgiven so you can be Born Again as a Child of God!