Glory Time

‎”Glory not in your own faith, your own feelings, your own knowledge, your own prayers. Glory in nothing but Christ.” ~ J.C. Ryle

I read this quote yesterday and it really spoke to me. I went to look up the definition for glory, because I was trying to understand how I might “glory in my own feelings.”

glo·ry/ˈglôrē/

Noun:
High renown or honor won by notable achievements.
Verb:
Take great pride or pleasure in.
Synonyms:
noun.  splendour – splendor – fame – kudos – renown – lustre
verb.  exult – jubilate – rejoice – pride – boast

“To take great pride or pleasure in” my feelings? Guilty as charged. How often I delight in feeling good. I rejoice on the easy and comfortable days to the point that the rough or gloomy days can get me down.

But if I take the advice of Ryle (which is soaked in biblical Truth), then I’ll glory in Christ everyday, because He is worthy, even when I don’t “feel” like rejoicing.

It seems simple, but I’m prone to making things harder. Though my spirit is willing, my flesh is weak. All the more reason to glory in Christ, because when I am weak, He is strong.

Romans 11:36
For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

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5 Responses to Glory Time

  1. Susan says:

    Great reminder! Reminds me of a similar conversation I had with my husband yesterday regarding Joy. We must choose to be joyful, just as we need to choose to glory in Christ.

  2. Joe Pote says:

    Thank you, LauraLee, for the wonderful reminder!

    One of the definitions I’ve heard for “glory” (noun) is a revelation of one’s true character.

    So, when I glory in Christ, I am seeing my identity based on my relationship with Christ. It is so easy to identify myself, instead, with more temporal things, people, or situations…

    Thanks!
    Joe Pote recently posted..Light in the Darkness

  3. Patty Wysong says:

    Thank you, La. That really helps me understand better.
    Hugs!
    Patty Wysong recently posted..Who Ya Gonna Call?

  4. There is just so much we’ve yet to understand, is there not? This process of “coming to the end of myself” has been an exhaustive work of grace. I long for what yet isn’t; I hurt for what often is.

    Only Jesus can change any of it. Day by day. Step by step. Moment by moment… desperately clinging to Christ’s hem. I’m there today. I pray for the good sense to be there again tomorrow.

    Hang on, sister. The best part of all of this is coming.

    peace~elaine
    elaine @ peace for the journey recently posted..winter comes…

  5. Joanne Sher says:

    This TOTALLY makes more sense now. THANK YOU. And a great message for ALL of us.
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