Glorify Your Father
Today's Reading: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-26
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
I was meditating on this verse today and saw something different. Jesus has just finished teaching the beatitudes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…. Blessed are those who mourn…. Blessed are the meek….” Then He summarizes this section by encouraging the believer to continue doing all those things that are making them poor in spirit, mournful, meek and persecuted because the prophets were treated the same way. This leads into being salt and light. Jesus is instructing the believer to remain salty and bright, to keep burning and stinging for Him. The transitions in the message flow beautifully and make perfect sense. However, when I would read Matthew 5:16, I wondered: “How would the ‘men’ glorify the Father in heaven as a result of seeing the believers’ good works? If these same men are the ones causing the believer to be poor in spirit, meek and persecuted, how can they be hurting the believer while glorifying God?”
Today, I realized that the believer is the one who is instructed to glorify the Father. We, as believers, are to remain faithful to continue on regardless of the reaction of the people. We are to remain diligent, to stay sharp and be alive in living for Jesus. We don’t hide who we are or apologize for what we believe. We stand strong and continue. Not only will men see our good works which will bring glory to our heavenly Father, but also we glory in our heavenly Father that we are able to endure in His good works.
There will be times that others will also glorify the Lord because of your good works. Jesus’ ministry caused others to thank God. But we don’t look at others for affirmation to know that the Lord is blessing...we look to God. We need to be faithful to things God has called us to do and leave the results with Him, as we glorify our Father who is in heaven.