Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)
I read this verse a few months ago and couldn’t seem to stop thinking about it. The last part of it, “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God,” kept running through my mind. So I decided I needed to figure out what it meant to bring glory to God. Maybe I’m just elementary, and its probably the simplest thing in the world to understand, but I was thinking, “how do I go about bringing glory to God?” “Do I bring glory to God or is the stuff I do done to bring myself glory?” As a Christian I don’t “intend” to do things for my own glory. I start out doing things to the glory of God – but, as I studied and prayed about this, I realized too many times what was supposed to be done to glorify God, can end up me trying to bring glory to myself.
I found a study online that had a lot of good points. This quote stuck out to me:
To glorify God is to be used to declare, reveal, or acknowledge God’s character, qualities, or attributes (such as love, faithfulness, righteousness, sovereignty, etc.) to others so that God is honored.*
So I know we all have different personalities, or love languages, or whatever you want to call it. In fact, while writing this post, I took the love language quiz to see what it would tell me. I knew exactly what it would say my main love language is. Words of affirmation.
Here is my “score”
For me, to hear “awesome job” or “you look great” or “you did so good on that,” (if I can feel the sincerity in it) means more to me than anything else. To me that is confirmation that someone believes in me, loves me, or I mean something to them/did something that means something to them. As you see I’m not a gift person – sure we all love receiving things, but it has no bearing on me feeling loved or appreciated, etc.
So where does this tie into bringing glory to God. Sometimes, if I’m not careful, if someone doesn’t say atta girl or I care about you, etc., I can take it as I’m not doing a good job or not good enough. When we do things, we are, as the verse says, to do them to the glory of God. Or as another verse says, as unto God. If someone doesn’t compliment the job you did, or they reject you or what you are doing and you allow yourself to dwell on disappointment or feeling unappreciated…who are you trying to bring glory to? If I am doing all I do to glorify God, the only affirmation I need to be looking for is that from God. If I clean the bathrooms of the church and no one acknowledges it, oh well, I ‘m doing it for the Kingdom. If I sing a song to worship God and no one says good job, oh well, I’m singing to glorify God. If I pick up snotty nosed children and bring them to church or teach them in Sunday School and all they seem to care about is what treat I can give them, oh well, I’m doing it unto God. If I give to someone less than fortunate and all they do is ask for more, oh well, I’m giving to God’s kingdom.
This list could go on. What is it that you do in life that every so often you think, “does anyone even care that I do this?” You may feel unappreciated. Remember it’s not for our glory. No matter how hard a pill it is to swallow, IT’S NOT ABOUT US! We were created to bring glory to God. My mantra the last few months has been – It’s not about me. There has been a day here and there I’ve almost had to yell it at myself. In fact, my hubby may have thought I was losing it a few times 🙂
When we can realize that nothing in this life is about us, it’s about glorifying God…that He be lifted up, that others can see who He is through our lives, and that it may draw men unto Him…life really does get simpler. When, in whatever place you are in life, you can say things like: As a mom, I’m not going to allow the rejection of my kid define my day – I’m doing my best as a mother to glorify God. As a pastor’s wife, I’m not praying for and strengthening others in my church to glorify me, so if I’m not feeling appreciated in all I do – it’s OK. Or on the other hand, when all you hear is “good job, etc.,” don’t allow it to puff you up and bring glory to yourself. Say thank you Jesus for allowing me to be used for YOUR glory! Let God be lifted up in our lives and He will raise us up to do a work for Him.
My prayer is, God let me always understand that it’s not about me. When I’m up on the mountain or down in the valley – God be glorified!