To Him be the Glory!

To Him be the Glory!

The goal of the universe is to give God glory.  This includes you and me, in fact it is the reason why we were created.  God created you to bring glory to himself.  Everything created by God reflects glory to him in some way.  The wind rustling through the leaves, the birds chirping, grass growing, the sun rising and setting – all as God designed them to do and all giving Him glory.  You are part of one, big, glorious symphony joining together to glorify the almighty God.

God’s glory is best seen in Jesus; and this was especially evident during his transfiguration.  The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  (Heb 1:3)

We cannot “add” to God’s glory, but we can recognize His glory, honor His glory, proclaim His glory, praise His glory, reflect His glory and live for His glory.  Consider Rev 4:11 which says  “You are worthy, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things.”

Unfortunately, our sinful pride stands in the way of giving God all the glory.  This happens with worshipers, with musicians, with pastors, with teachers, really with anyone who is a sinner.  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)

So how do we bring God glory?  We do so by doing that which he has designed and gifted us to do.  We bring God glory when we worship him, and not just going through the motions or by a sense of duty but with joy and thanksgiving in our heart.  Musicians; we play and sing better when we can get ourselves out of the “Duty” mentality and become more like servants and performing out of a thankful heart and a spirit of joy.

We bring God glory when we serve one another with our God-given gifts.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  (1 Peter 4:10)

We also bring God glory with our Christian fellowship with one another.  Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:7)

So in my own words, here’s how you give God glory: do what you were designed to do, without grumbling, do it for others and treat your acquaintances with love and respect.  This gives God glory.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society