Family Devotion Guide
Sunday, August 30, 2020
The Abiding Life Is a God-Glorifying Life
What is God’s Glory?
What is God's glory?
God’s glory is how we describe the sum effect of all of His attributes—grace, truth, goodness, mercy, justice, knowledge, power, eternal—all that He is.
Can we add or take away from God’s glory?
No! The glory of God is as essential to God as light is to the sun, as wet is to water, as heat is to fire. We cannot add or takeaway from the glory of God, but we can recognize His glory and live for His glory. We should live our lives in such a way that we bring glory to God every day.
Four Elements Linked to the Glory of God Mentioned by Jesus
What are the four elements linked to the glory of God mentioned by Jesus?
Believers must bear fruit in their lives (v.8). What kind of fruit is Jesus talking about here?
It is the fruit mentioned in Galatians 5:22–23: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
This fruit is the fruit of Christ’s own character within us. It is His love, joy, peace, and so on, within the Christian. We must not compare ourselves to others when bearing fruit.
Here is a great criteria to gauge your spiritual productivity. (a) Is my life bringing glory to God? (b) Is my life an example of discipleship
Believers must understand God’s love for them (v.9). This follows naturally since love is a fruit of the Spirit. In fact, it is the chief fruit, for “the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). Jesus speaks of it saying, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you” (v. 9). The Father’s love for His Son is displayed throughout the gospels. We see it at Jesus’ baptism when the Father mentioned, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.” We see it at the transfiguration, when the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” Friends, Jesus loves us with this same love.
Believers must obey God by following Christ’s commandments (v.10). We are called to obey the commands of Christ—which is His word. When we obey Christ we find ourselves with a purpose and joyful. Obedience to God strengthens our fellowship with God.
Believers must be joyful (v.11). This is true joy that we bear fruit, understand God’s love for us and in turn love Him back, obey His word. This is the joy of Christ promised to us here.
This is not fleeting joy rather this is attaining, abiding, and abounding joy. When things go well, we feel happy. When hardships come, we sink into depression. But true joy rises above the rolling waves of circumstance. Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus Christ. When our lives intertwine with His, He helps us walk through adversity without sinking into debilitating lows, and we can manage prosperity without moving into deceptive highs. The joy of living with Jesus Christ daily keeps us levelheaded no matter how high or low our circumstances.
—Pray that you will bear more fruit in your life.
—Pray that you will be obedient to God’s word.
—Pray that you will understand God’s love and love Him more deeply.
—Pray that you will have the joy of Christ in your life.
—Pray for the victims of hurricane Laura.