Glory to God…Forever.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship”.

Last week I had the privilege to visit with my nephew Zac Smith in Anderson, SC while we attended a conference at NewSpring Church.  We talked of life and death, miracles and healing, ministry and calling, joys and struggles, life after death, and God’s glory in any and all of these.  I am profoundly impacted by this man.  Many of you have seen his video testimony.  He really means it when he says ‘it’s all for God’s glory’.

After a dreadfully long day of travel, I was up early reviewing my sermon notes when I got a call on Sunday morning.  I heard the terribly shocking news of the death of a dear friend’s wife the night before.  The last time I had been to SC in October I had Greg Tonkinson preach in my absense at Grace. Greg and I went to seminary together. He is a better preacher than I am, and a great dad and loving husband. The night before, Greg’s wife Leigh Ann, was killed in a tragic car accident in Gilbert, AZ.  As Greg’s brother was telling me this on the phone early Sunday morning, I couldn’t speak. I was stunned. Who wouldn’t be?

Leigh Ann was the beautiful mom of three precious kids and wife to my friend Greg.  I was reading my notes for the sermon that morning on the cross of Jesus. How do we see the cross of Jesus?  Do we see it like Pilate, the Roman soldiers, John, Mary?  Do we see it as necessary?  The cross had to happen because sin brought death.

Zac’s life is about bringing glory to God; through a healing, or living life with pain, or in death. Either way, glory to God, forever. Today he’s living life courageously with a painful disease.

Leigh Ann lived life for the glory of God, and then it was over.

Laurie and I hope to make it to Leigh Ann’s funeral on Friday.

Do we give God glory in life?  Are we ready to see Him get glory even in our death?

Glory To God Forever
Before the world was made
Before You spoke it to be
You were the King of kings
Yeah You were yeah You were
And now You’re reigning still
Enthroned above all things
Angels and saints cry out
We join them as we sing

Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to God forever
Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to God forever

Creator God You gave me breath
So I could praise
Your great and matchless name
All my days all my days
So let my whole life be
A blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings
The greatness of our King

Take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours
Take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours

CCLI Song No. 5384338
© Worship Together Music

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