23 March, 2006

Glorifying God

Once again I want to share a devotion from "The Word For Today" devotional from Bob Gass Ministries:

Glorifying God
"Before all the people I must be glorified."
Leviticus 10:3 NKJV
At the end of His life, Jesus declared His mission a success by saying "I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do" (Jn 17:4 NIV).
David writes, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory" (Ps 115:1 AMP).
The breath you took as you read that last sentence was given to you for one reason, that you might "reflect the Lord's glory" (2Co 3:18 NIV).
Before Moses was qualified to lead Israel he first had to pray, "show me your glory" (Ex 33:18 NCV).
We cross a line when we make such a request. When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or the favor of God, but God Himself, we cross a threshold. Less self-focus, more God-focus. Less about us more about Him. This calls for the death of ego. It rubs us the wrong way. It's a truth we must constantly remind ourselves of. "God made all things, and everything continues through him and for him. To him be glory forever" (Ro 11:36 NCV). And if you still haven't got the message: "There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for him" (1Co 8:6 NLT).
Why does the earth spin? For Him.
Why do you have talents and abilities? For Him.
Whose Word matters? His.
Whose will must be done? His, not ours.
God's to-do list consists of one item: "Reveal My glory."
Heaven's framed and mounted statement of purpose reads: "Declare God's glory."
Everything and everyone exists to reveal His glory including you! Try to remember that.

8 comments:

Libby said...

WOW! I'd say that puts things into perspective!

Amy said...

Awesome post , my only hope is that Gods glory will surrond us all , so that we can project it to others who need him, Its my desire to show his glory , light , mercy & love and to tell others about our AWESOME JESUS!!!

The 6 Karns' said...

We are a self-focused people! We don't even think about it. But, hey, we are Americans! That's the way we were raised.

I know for me & my house - we are trying to be GOD-focused more & more! Keep praying for us.

Sarah said...

[QUOTE]We are a self-focused people!...I know for me & my house - we are trying to be GOD-focused more & more! Keep praying for us.[/QUOTE]

Technically, wouldn't that request still make you self focused?

The 6 Karns' said...

You're right - you're right. But you know our HEART!!!

Libby said...

To Sarah-
Trouble maker!

Sarah said...

I said technically. =O)

Sean McKee said...

Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

-- Westminster Catechism