“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
I’ve never had my fifteen minutes of fame and maybe that’s a good thing. It seems the all-encompassing desire of people today is to be the next reality star or viral sensation. You’re just not hip anymore unless you have a Youtube channel or a thousand hits a day on your Facebook page. I suppose there’s nothing inherently wrong with enjoying our modern-day forms of self-promotion, but while we focus all of our attention on glorifying ourselves, we sometimes forget that it’s God who deserves all the glory.
IT’S ALL FOR HIM!
The goal of all creation, the heavens and earth and all that are in them, is to glorify God. I’ve heard people argue that that makes God narcissistic but that couldn’t be further from the truth. God is inherently glorious because he is God. He is perfect, all-knowing, all-powerful, in all places all the time, so we cannot add to his glory. If there were no one to lift up praise to God, his magnificence would still not diminish. Even so, all that we do should declare, recognize, honor and praise our glorious God.
HOW CAN WE GLORIFY GOD?
Jesus had a purpose on earth and so do we…to fulfill that purpose and honor and glorify God in all that we do (John 17:4). He was able to say “It is finished” because he came bearing the likeness of God in the flesh and did exactly what he was told to do. But how? How do we today use this life we’ve been given to bring glory to God?
- THROUGH WORSHIP– In the modern church today, worship has somehow devolved into what we do on Sunday. Worship is not just the singing, praying, and praising we do on the first day of the week. It also includes enjoying God, loving God, of completely surrendering ourselves to Him. That kind of worship cannot come out of a sense of duty but out of an honest and heartfelt desire to show love and gratitude.
- BE MORE LIKE CHRIST– God sent his Son not only to be our sacrifice, but to also be an example for us. We glorify God when we obey the one he sent. Developing a Christlike character brings God glory and it makes the world around us aware of a loving God. “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
- LOVE OTHER BELIEVERS– God is love so it makes sense that we must learn to love how God loves. “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). When we love like this, we create a unifying glorification of God (Romans 15:5-7).
- SERVE OTHERS– The problem with our desire to seek fame is that it takes away from our time to serve others. We are uniquely designed. The sole reason for who you are is not to lift yourself up but to use that design and individual gifts to glorify God. We all have received something from God and it should be used for the betterment of others (1 Peter 4:10-11).
- DECLARE HIM– When we make God known to others, his greatness is magnified among more and more people (2 Corinthians 4:15). While we may spend our lives gaining blessings for ourselves, that is not our primary purpose. We are expected and commanded to introduce others to the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).
Just imagine with me a world where instead of spending time working on our own recognition, we poured our energy and resources into projecting the glory onto God. I think we would find the world, the church, and even our individual lives being blessed by the God who loves to take care of his children. While that seems a little far-fetched, it is exactly what God has promised. It starts small, with you, with me, with each person using the time we’ve been given to put God in the only place he belongs…First!