Is God Glorified Through Me?
"Father, glorify Your name" (John 12:28).
This was Jesus' statement and clear focus in the days leading up to His sacrificial death on the cross. This is what Jesus said right after He described how anyone who follows Him must hate his life in this world and follow Him.
When God is glorified, hearts and minds are changed. Words and actions are made more like His Son's.
If the purpose of life as a follower of Christ is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), then we who follow Christ should consistently consider the question, "God, am I bringing You glory?"
How Is God Glorified?
"Glorify" in all its forms is used throughout the Bible to describe how God is honored, praised, and made known and when His matchless worth, beauty, and greatness are shown. Because the whole of who God is could never be fully known or shown, there are endless ways to glorify Him. God is glorified . . .
- through His creation
- through His people
- through His Word
- when His faithfulness is put on display
- when He makes a way when there is no other
- when His truth is made clear
While God's Word and actions alone could bring Him glory, we have the great privilege of being a participant and a path to bringing Him glory as well. All we say and do in God's strength and wisdom will bring God glory (1 Peter 4:11). So our focus should be Romans 11:36:
"From Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen."
What Happens When He Is Glorified?
When God is glorified, He receives the honor, worship, and praise He is due. People see Him. People know Him. Hearts and minds are changed. Words and actions are made more like His Son's. And when those things happen, God is glorified again! It is an endless, magnificent circle.
Is That Happening in My Life?
So now come some questions to consider:
- Am I speaking and acting in God's strength and wisdom? If I am, God is glorified.
- Are my reactions to the circumstances of my life controlled by God? If they are, God is glorified.
- Is my focus on my own happiness and renown? Or is it on God's glory? If it is, God is glorified.
And one of the toughest questions to ask:
- Am I willing to focus on God's glory no matter the circumstances He allows to come into my life, in order to show who He is?
In a culture that rejects and seeks to discredit the power of God and the truth of His Word, I am increasingly convinced that God is using dramatic and oftentimes intensely painful circumstances in our lives to make Himself known. Because:
- It's really tough to look at a person ravaged by the pain of disease and tell her to stop talking about God.
- Someone will listen to the grieving widow as she describes God's faithfulness.
- The couple whose marriage continues when a spouse forgives infidelity can speak of God's truth and promises.
- The parent who visits a child in jail displays God's grace.
- A family in constant danger can testify that their security is in Christ.
Is your focus God's glory? Are your words and actions controlled by Him? Are you willing to accept and use whatever circumstances God allows in your life to bring Him glory?
God alone is worthy.
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!" (Ps. 115:1)
By Heidi Jo Fulk
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