He Brought Glory to God

  Paul wrote, "And they glorified God in me" (Gal. 1:24). What he is saying is that others looked upon him and they praised God for what they saw. Paul had just been telling about his conversion to Christ. This was a monumental event in the days of the early church because Paul, as Saul, had been a vicious persecutor of the church. Now he was one of the number he had formerly persecuted. Because of his conversion Christians who had known of his earlier conduct toward the church could be thankful and glorify God because of Paul. It is no small thing to provoke praise for God. We should ask if we are doing this same thing.

  Eph. 3:21, "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end." To bring glory to God does not mean we can in the least increase His majesty and Deity. He is glorious regardless of us. It means we can cause others to see His glory. This is the mission of His church. To be a Christian is to bring glory to God (1 Pet. 4:16). Since we glorify God as a Christian, which means we are in His church, what do we do when we refuse to be in His church?