Paul the apostle put it this way: For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want
This episode, and Paul’s resignation about our nature, makes me wonder, How then can we bring glory to God? And more to the point, If I’m so quick to sin, how can I bring Him glory?
Your ultimate purpose is to bring glory by the way you live. [His] plan is for you to experience great joy and fulfillment despite any hardship, trial, or difficulty that you encounter along life’s path. He is calling you to persevere in pursuing His purpose for you and to grow in your faith and in your character every day and through every act of obedience.
What right did I have to take ownership of a moment meant as a remembrance of Christ’s humility and sacrifice?
Like everything else, it comes down to daily choices. Though we are seriously affected by the world, our flesh, and the devil, we know that belonging to Christ gives us the power and freedom to overcome. As Paul says in the verses that follow, You have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do (Rom. 8:12 NLT). In this walk of faith, we’re going to fail, fall, flub, and flout, but the good news in Christ is that we’re no longer condemned and we’ve been given power in the Spirit to please God (Rom. 8:1-11).
Moments before Christ entered the garden of Gethsemane to prepare for His death, He lifted His eyes to heaven and said in the presence of the disciples, The glory which You have given Me I also have given to them, so that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and You loved them, just as You loved Me (John 17:22-23).
We will find our greatest joy and contentment not in securing for ourselves the best experiences, the most pleasure, or the accolades we so frequently seek, but in becoming less. When we decrease, Christ increases. And as we strip away ourselves and approach Him as little children, we get a taste of this oneness Jesus prayed for. A oneness that draws us together and reflects the oneness of God Himself.