God’s Glory First

“Isn’t it interesting how in Christmas cards and on public displays we often see the words, ‘Peace on earth, good will toward men’? But how seldom we see the prior words, “Glory to God in the highest’! But there is no peace, there is no goodwill, unless there is glory to God in the highest first. We forget to put God’s glory first. Fortunately, He does not. God will be glorified.

“Would you or I have begun this announcement the way the angels did, with God’s glory first? Obviously, the angels did not understand the importance of relevance and contextualization and meeting felt needs. They started with God, not with peace on earth! Why? Because the most relevant message to this sin-ruined world was, is, and always will be, “Glory to God in the highest.” Our whole problem is God-neglect. But the best news for sinners like you and me is that, whatever we might do, God is still God. God is glorious, and God’s glory is supreme above all other realities. And when His kingdom is finally consummated, then there will be perfect peace, good will toward men…”

~ Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., Luke 2:14 and Reasons for Joy at Christmas

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2 thoughts on “God’s Glory First”

  1. Thanks for the post. I’ve been out shopping the last couple of days. There is
    definitely “God neglect” . It has just amazed me how people break the law. If God
    was put first in our minds, there wouldn’t be illegal parking, rudeness, etc..
    Everyone is out for themselves. We’ve had people stealing money from the people
    who are collecting for the Salvation Army. It happened today at the Walmart where
    I was shopping. It’s the 2nd time in the last week money has been stolen outside a store from the Salvation Army. CHRIST has definitely been taken out of Christmas.
    Thanks again, Scribe, for your post.

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