Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, April 29, 2011

Glorifying God

'We glorify God by being content in that state in which Providence has placed us. We give God the glory of His wisdom when we rest satisfied with what He carves out to us. Thus, Paul glorified God; the Lord cast him into as great variety of conditions as any man, 'in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft' (2 Cor.11:23). Yet, he learned to be content. Paul could sail either in a storm or a calm, he could be anything that God would have him: he could either want or abound (Phil.4:13).
A good Christian argues thus, " it is God that has put me in this condition. He could have raised me higher if He pleased, but that might have been a snare to me. He has done it in wisdom and love, therefore I will sit down satisfied with my condition."
Surely this glorifies God much, God counts Himself much honoured by such a Christian."Here", says God, "is one after mine own heart; let me do what I will with him. I hear no murmuring, he is content." This shows abundance of grace: when grace is crowning, it is not so much to be content. But when grace is conflicting with inconveniences, then to be content is a glorious thing indeed. For one to be content when he is in heaven is no wonder; but to be content under the cross is like a Christian, for he shows all the world that though he has little meal in his barrel, yet he has enough in God to make him content-he says, as David, 'the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance; the lines are fallen to me in pleasant places".(Psalm 16:5)

From Thomas Watson's sermon 'Man's chief end is to glorify God'
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