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.


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