Preaching and God’s Glory

As I prepare to preach, having carefully exegeted the narrative in John 18, and having beheld the deity of Christ and his glory in this text, here is what is going on in my consciousness: Whether I preach to a full stadium of middle-upper class Americans with great attention on social media or to a few Nuer under an acacia tree in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan forgotten by everyone else it’s all about God’s glory, not ours. I will be content with two-thousand, two-hundred, or two gathered to glorify God through his word. It’s not about the size or composition of those gathered but God’s glory. It’s not about our gifts but God’s glory. If God is not glorified then it matters not whether we think it’s a successful gathering, with good attendance, with precise execution of service details, with fine music and fine preaching. If we have failed to glorify God then we have failed. The Father is seeking such people to worship him in spirit and truth. God alone is worthy to receive glory among every tribe and language and people and nation. Let this determine whether our gathering tomorrow morning is a success or not. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Ps 115:1).

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