Word and Deed

11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 4).

Life is all about two actions: word and deed. It’s as simple as that. What we say should be grounded in the wisdom of God, while also reflecting His love and mercy; what we do should be grounded in service to others, while also doing it in God’s strength. It is these two actions, word and deed, done through the life of Jesus Christ living within us, which give both God the Father and God the Son glory.

But the real emphasis here is on Jesus Christ. God (the Father) is glorified, yes, and rightly so—but He is glorified “through Jesus Christ,” and it is to Jesus Christ that “belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.” Notice also that nothing is even mentioned here of the Holy Spirit, and His receiving any glory. This in no way means that Jesus is elevated above the rest of the Godhead, it just means that the glory of God is centered around what Jesus has accomplished in redeeming fallen man and bringing Him back into the fold.

Lord, may our lives glorify Jesus Christ This Day through all that we say and do. Amen.