God Glorified by Working Obedience in Us
Now may the God of peace . . . make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Heb 13:20-21)
Let’s make one more visit to these tremendous words in Hebrews 13:20-21. When the Lord works in us unto obedience (“what is well pleasing in His sight”), He Himself is the one who appropriately receives the glory (“to whom be glory forever and ever“).
Throughout eternity, God is to be glorified and magnified by all. “I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! ” (Rev 5:11-13).
Here in the midst of time and space, God is also to be glorified in and through our lives. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1Co 10:31). That which the Lord wants us to do for His glory is clearly revealed in His commands. In the New Testament, our Lord commands His new covenant servants in many areas. He calls us to genuine love, godly service, earnest prayer, and habitual hospitality: “Let love be without hypocrisy . . . serving the Lord . . . continuing steadfastly in prayer . . . given to hospitality” (Rom 12:9, Rom 12:11-13). He instructs us to be truthful, hard-working, kind, and forgiving, “each one speak truth with his neighbor . . . let him labor, working with his hands what is good . . . be kind to one another . . . forgiving one another” (Eph 4:25, Eph 4:28, Eph 4:32).
These commands are the things that are “well pleasing in His sight.” These are also the things that He wants to bring forth by His work in us: “working in you what is well pleasing in His sight.” When we seek the Lord to do such work in and through us, He is certainly the one who should get all the glory and honor.
Glorious God of peace, may You be glorified in my life by making me complete in every good work to do Your will, working in me what is well pleasing in Your sight through Jesus Christ, Amen.