Edwards’ Resolution #23

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 in Resolutions

download23. Resolved, Frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it back to the original intention, designs, and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God’s glory, to repute it as a breach of the fourth Resolution.

This resolution is a call to examine ourselves to see if our desires, goals, and accomplishments are for His name sake. Edwards’ again speaks of Resolution #4: 

Resolved, Never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God, nor be, nor suffer it, if I can possibly avoid it.

It is a check for pride, the root of all things that are “vain glory.” Pride was manifest in the Garden when Eve took the bait and was ensnared by evil. It showed itself at Babel when man determined to make a name for himself rather than do all for the glory of God and His name (Gen. 11:4). Notice the result of their sin – the very thing that they hoped to accomplish for themselves (not to be dispersed among the nations) is the very way God punished them in scattering them and confusing their language. Why? Because of their pride. It is a testimony of the grace of God that at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit is poured out, that this confusion is reversed (Acts 2).

We must examine ourselves to see if we are glorifying God with our intentions, motives, and accomplishments in all areas of life. This is a call for discernment in our work, in our families, in our recreation and entertainment, in our religion and service to the church, in our education, etc. Is Christ, who is our only hope for glory, at the center of all things? Do we do all so that He, and only He, receives honor and glory and praise? Even our evangelism can be out of pride, whether we do it in order to be seen, or don’t do it in order to be comfortable.

May we “trace it back to the original intention, design, and ends of it.” And if it (anything) is not for the glory of God – avoid it and if we are unable to avoid it – crush it!

  1. How do we do it without bcoming overly introspective?

    • twilson901 says:

      Important question. We must do so while depending on the Spirit to expose any pride in our heart while illuminating the Word and the freedom that is ours in Christ. Tomorrow I will post a section from Lloyd-Jones on introspection from Spiritual Depression.

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