We were predestined "to the end that we who were the
first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His
glory" (Eph. 1:12).
Preeminence implies supreme standing, picturing one who
excels over all others in a particular quality or achievement.
There is no one more preeminent than God.
Ephesians 1:12 underscores that truth. You were redeemed
and granted an eternal inheritance that God might be glorified
Certainly you benefit greatly from salvation, but God's glory is
the primary issue.
Our man-centered culture doesn't share that perspective.
Sadly, its self-seeking and self-glorifying mentality has crept
into the church, and even the gospel itself has been subjected
to its influence. For example sin is often defined by how it
affects man, not how it dishonors God. Salvation is often
presented as a means of receiving what Christ offers, not a
mandate to obey what He commands. Many modern-day
evangelists have reduced the gospel to little more than a
formula by which people can live a happy and more fulfilling
life. The focus has shifted from God's glory to man's benefit.
Such a convoluted gospel fuels the fire of self-love and self-
As believers we know better than that. We know that the
purpose of life is to glorify God. That means living to His glory
is to govern everything we do.
What higher or more noble purpose could life afford?
"Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies
ahead," Paul said he pressed "on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). Keep
that goal clearly in mind in all you do today. By doing so your
day will be to the praise of God's glory!
Suggestions for Prayer:
Read Job 38:42:6