No matter what I do in life, God will be glorified. Whether I go to church and worship with a genuine heart or I get smashed on the weekends and throw my life away—God will be glorified in the end. If I choose to submit to the Father who is above all and knows all by serving and obeying Him with every aspect of my life, He will be glorified in my worship. (Of course, my worship will never be sufficient for the glory He deserves.) But if I choose to murder and covet and steal, the Father will be glorified in His power and wrath, for the way He will deal with my sin—for the Most High is holy and pure.
This could lead me to say, “Who cares what I do then? God will glorify Himself; why must I submit to rules that keep me from doing what I feel like doing?” Yet I find it much wiser to follow the Creator in His created universe when He says, “This is not the better path, this is the only path to eternal life—to knowing Me” (John 17:3).
I don’t want to be an object of the Lord’s wrath. This means doing things I might not always choose on my own to do, obeying certain things I might not know why the Lord commands, but being an object of His mercy means laying down my pride, my own understanding, even my life. This I will gladly do for the God whom I serve, knowing that I will receive the Lord Himself as my reward. What more could I desire than Him alone? What else could satisfy my longing heart? Who else could love me more? Where else could I search for Truth?
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:5
“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 2:3