Monday, December 29, 2014

Giving glory to God

“For this reason, it depends on faith so that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham…”  Romans 4:16 (NRSV)

“No distrust made him waiver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20 (NRSV)

Faith and grace are the main components of our relationship with Christ. God’s promise to us, that He will be with us always (here on earth and in heaven), rests on His grace.  This grace assures us that God loves us and will never leave us, no matter what happens here on earth.

The scripture verses above are snatches of Paul’s longer message explaining how it was Abraham’s faith, not his works or his adherence to the law that God reckoned as righteousness.  Abraham’s bit of faith, and God’s immense grace are brought together in verse 20.  Abraham knew how to increase his own faith—by giving glory to God.  By giving glory to God, Abraham became convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. 
Christians today can do this too!  We can give glory to God in all things, and by doing this, our faith will be increased, and we can know that God will do what He promised to do.