What does it mean to give God glory? You have probably heard the song Lord I give you glory and the honour …. There is another one that we sing I was created to make your praise Glorious…. Giving God the glory is not as easy as people think. It involves righteousness, peace, love and joy. Not just human righteousness for it is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) but the righteousness of God that is by faith. Not the earthly peace but the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding- John 14:27, Philipians 4:7 . Not the love described by men but the love of God as described in 1 Corinthians 13 , 1 John, 2 John and 3 John. The love that is God himself for if one doesn’t know God they do not know love and if one doesn’t know God they do not know love 1 John 4:8 . Not the artificial joy but a joy that is found in Christ and experiencing his love and goodness. The joy that comes from being content with little and with much- Philippians 4 .Giving glory to God is not just the simple uplifting of a deity as defined in English dictionaries. Giving glory involves all of a person. Giving glory to God takes a person’s heart, soul mind and life.
When I say I am doing something for the glory of God can what I am doing be counted as the will of God for my life? Can the means I am using give room for me to be counted as a child of God? Can people glorify God because of me or is God’s name blasphemed before the Non-believers because of me Romans 2:24? Am I setting an example for other believers in speech, love, faith and purity (1 Timothy 4:12) or am I misleading other believers in the same lines?
Giving glory to God is not an artificial matter that as long as I am not sinning I am giving glory to God. It does not work that way. Giving glory to God is something a man sets his heart to do. If nothing you do gives glory to God then there should be no reason to do it. If it does not Glorify God, it blasphemes his name – Romans 2:24. (Read the whole of chapter 2 to understand verse 24).
Can I tell you one of the ways we fail to give God glory – our prayer life first most of our prayers are void of the Holy Spirit and secondly we pray one thing yet our actions seem to be asking for another. We pray for God to give us direction then we curse and mislead people with our tongues. We do not appreciate people with whom we share different views instead we make them feel less human yet God created them in his image. That is why Christ said, not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven but only he who does the will of my father who is in heaven-Mathew 7:21-23 . Therefore, if you are a Christian do your prayers blaspheme God – i.e. are they void of the Holy Spirit? Is your worship the worship God seeks- worship that is in spirit and in truth – John 4:23-24 ? Is your heart where God’s heart is? Does whatever ail God ail you and does whatever please God please you? When I tell someone that they have done wrong, does the manner in which I do it glorify God? If I get involved with someone or something, does it glorify God? If I disagree with someone does how I communicate with him or her about it or after the disagreement glorify God? Do my reasons for writing this article glorify God?
In conclusion, Glory to God is a thing of the heart. Doing things about God without the Holy Spirit reduces it to things about man and does not give God glory, it gives you glory. You cease to make his name glorious, it makes man glorioUS. As Christians, we do not do things for the sake of it; we do things so that God may be glorified. 1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Christ Jesus. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.