Giving God the glory is a more important commission then we often make it out to be. In Acts 12, an angel of the Lord struck Herod because he didn’t give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died. And don’t forget Nebuchadnezzar, “he was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.” This was done to show him that God is in control and deserves the glory-not him. Giving God the glory is no insignificant matter! The Bible is full of stories like this.
We all know that everything that happens is for God’s glory. But, if we really see it that way, why don’t we glorify God every minute of every day? Shouldn’t we at least be making a greater effort to give God what he created the world to obtain: Glory for His name? Of course the reason we cannot do this to the extent that we wish is because of sin. Nevertheless God is glorified in everything-even our inability to glorify him completely on earth. We are waiting for a day-the eternal day-in which we will be able to glorify him completely without the distractions that a sinful world present.
The continuing discovery of our inability will make us long increasingly more for that day. Meanwhile let’s remember Paul’s exhortation: “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.”
Here are a few practical ways that you can do this:
By thanking God
If you neglect to thank God for necessary things, you are, in a sense, showing that you think yourself sufficient without the aid of God. Those who earn income can easily fall into the sin of thinking that they provide the food, and therefore fail to give God the glory that He deserves for it. Compare that to Nebuchadnezzer who said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” Can you see the similarity? If we are not careful, our unconscious dependence on ourselves could climb to that extreme. To overcome that, thank God for everything.
By abstaining from sin against God
God hates sin and receives glory for breaking the power of sin in our lives. How would sinning against God glorify Him! Don’t fall into the thinking of the Romans and say, “Let’s continue in sin so that grace may increase.”
By using your time wisely
Ask yourself often, “What am I doing right now and how can I better glorify God through it?” Perhaps you should change your attitude about something you have to get done yet don’t want to do. For me, learning how to bring glory to God through studying math would be a good thing. Maybe we could use our free time more profitably. God’s not against free time, but think about how much more we could glorify our Savior by making good use of every moment he has given us.