Glory to God in the Highest // Luke 2:14
What does it mean to glorify God? What is God's glory? Pastor and author John Piper describes God's glory this way, "I believe the glory of God is the going public of His infinite worth." It can be seen in the innocence and beauty that inhabit everyday life. The smile on a baby's face. The overwhelming sense of God's creative mastery when you drive into Kirkland (WA) and see the Olympic Mountains covered in snow and shrouded in clouds. The beauty of wedding, reverence of funeral and celebration of birth whisper glory. The angels join together in a chorus of song - praising God and declaring His glory at the birth of Jesus - the final movement of God to redeem mankind and creation.
The Apostle Matthew teaches "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (Matt 5:16)" We can do life in such a way it brings glory to God. In his letter to the Corinthian Church, the Apostle Paul wrote in whatever we do, do all for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).
Glorifying God is an every moment opportunity. Whether we're changing diapers, wrapping up projects at work, finishing reports in school or figuring out the family budget together - we have opportunity to glorify God in it all. "How?!" Ways to glorify God come to mind...
- Call attention to God your mouth. Start small - pray, pray together with your spouse, family and friends. Pray in your own words at your own pace; you don't need to sound like anyone else when speaking to God. Invite and bring people to church, Bible studies, fellowships, youth group and your own table.
- Call attention to God with your relationships. Be humble in your dealings with others; be content to be second. Ask for forgiveness and grant forgiveness as the situation arises.
- Call attention to God with your feet. Serve others starting in your own home (empty the dishwasher, take out the trash, cook meals and make beds). Hold firm to not going places that draw you away from God and His glory (Job 31:1 - reminds us that Job made a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully at a woman). Hold firm to going places that draw you close to God and His glory - spending time in His Word and listening to music that exalts His glory.
People around you are walking in darkness; they are looking for a light (hope and meaning). Hollywood block busters, online games and social media try to bring light but fall short of delivering on hope and meaning beyond rhetoric. In glorifying God with your daily life and decisions - you bring hope and meaning into your world. Go - let your light shine, join the chorus of angels that declare God's Glory! You are the person for the job.