That you may obtain the glory of our Lord

2 Thessalonians 2:14  To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He who began a good work in us will see it through to its completion.  He’s called us not only to salvation but to sanctification.  In shaping us and forming us to be more like Christ, God is bringing glory unto Himself.

When we are sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit we bring glory to Jesus.  All glory unto Jesus is also unto the Father (John 10:30).  When we are growing into the image of Christ, we desire more and more to do the will of God the Father.

Our part in this, as Paul tells the believers at Thessalonica, is to stand firm.  We must hold on to the Gospel which we have been taught because the process of sanctification can be painful. When we face various trials, we need to focus on what God has done and what He will do.  It’s not only for our own good that He calls us to be made into the image of Christ, it’s also for His glory.

———-  What have you been through that’s been painful but you realize has been for your own benefit or God’s own glory?