All Things for and Through God
Old Bishop John Ryle said truthfully: It is not open sin,
or open unbelief, which robs Christ of His professing servants, so much as the love of the
world, the fear of the world, the cares of the world, the business of the world, the money
of the world, the pleasures of the world, and the desire to keep in touch with the world.
This is the great rock on which thousands of young people are continually making
shipwreck. They do not object to any article of the Christian faith. They do not
deliberately choose evil and openly rebel against God. They hope somehow to get to heaven
at last, and they think it proper to have some religion. But they cannot give up their
idol: they must have the world. And so after running well and bidding fair for heaven
while boys and girls, they turn aside when they become men and women and go down the broad
way which leads to destruction. They begin with Abraham and Moses and end with Demas and
What a contrast with the life of Christ who lived to please the
Father alone. Man was created to bring glory, honor and power to the LORD God.
The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Hebrews 2:10
reads, For it was fitting for Him, for whom
are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to
perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. God created you and me for
the purpose of showing forth His glory. God is the cause of every object in nature and its
only reason for existence is that the grace and power of God may be seen through it.
Everything finds its reason and justification in its relationship to Him. He is the final
and efficient Cause of all things. It is for His sake that the whole universe exists. All
things in the universe exists for Gods glory.
Instead of all things being
for Him and through Him man rebelled against the Creator and chose
to reign for self and through self. History has demonstrated that this self-centered life
ends in vanity for the individual and dishonor to Gods eternal purpose.
Jesus Christ came to redeem
man from his self-centered life, and to bring us back to a right relationship with God
that we may serve Him for whom are all things and through whom are all things.
The Creator is also the Redeemer. Gods plan was to bring many sons to
glory, i.e., to bring many to a saving relationship with Himself through the atoning
work of His Son, Jesus Christ who is the Leader in bringing many sons to God.
Jesus lived His life on this
earth absolutely and entirely for His Father in heaven. He says to us, All things
are for My Father. His commitment was absolute. His blessedness and everlasting
glory are found in living wholly for the Father.
Through whom are all things was also true of Jesus. He
declared that He could do nothing of Himself because He did only that which the Father
showed Him and said to Him. But He answered
them, My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working. . . . Therefore
Jesus answered and was saying to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do
nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever
the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. . . I can do nothing on My
own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own
will, but the will of Him who sent Me (John 5:17, 19, 30). Jesus counted it
all joy to do everything in total dependence upon His Father. It was all things
through God. He did not do anything of Himself, but in continual dependence waiting
on the Father working in Him.
The great truth of the
Christian life is all for God, and all through God. The more
intimate is our daily walk with the Father, the more we will love and please Him.
All for God
without exception for a moment, a thought, a word, a promise, a person, a passion, or a
possession is the goal of believer. This is the manner in which we please Him perfectly.
All through God
is the only way we can live a life pleasing to Him. The clearer we focus on doing
everything for God the greater is our sense of utter frustration and impotence because you
and I cannot do it in our own strength. Only Jesus Christ can live such a life. I cannot
in my sinful nature which is prone to please self. But what I cannot do, God can do. God
the Holy Spirit works in us to do Gods perfect will. Because it is all of
God the Holy Spirit does it all through God.
As we make ourselves available to Him, He does in and through us all
that pleases Him. What is demanded of us is a life of union with Jesus Christ. For
both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for
which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren (Hebrews 2:11). To live in that
oneness is to do all for God and all through God. The only way to
please God is to make ourselves available to Jesus Christ living in us.
The disciple of Jesus Christ no longer lives to please himself. He
lives for the Kingdom of God. Whatever happens to him is unimportant; all for
God is all-important to the disciple. In place of all selfish attainment, however
noble, must be a desire, in deed a passion that demands all for God. If it is
all for God then He will be honored and glorified throughout all eternity. To
God alone be the glory!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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