Glory to God

What does it mean to bring glory to God?  A short question with a complicated answer.  How do we even define “glory?”

I found a great sermon by John Piper.  If you have the time, please read it.  You will not be disappointed.  It will also prepare you for some of what I am writing here, starting with Isaiah 43:7

Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.

We were created for God’s glory.  (That we ought to be called by His name is a different discussion.)  How do we do that, how do we, the fallen part of His creation, bring Him glory?  When I think of glory, I think of the good things, not the bad ones.  We are the bad part… we rebel against the Creator of the universe.  So how is it that He chooses to use us to bring Him glory?

I believe that it is through our fallen nature that we are able to bring glory to God.  He chose us for just that reason.  We have a free will to choose however we like. Back in “What is evil,” I talked about a spectrum of choices that we have.  I believe it is through that choice, by constantly denying ourselves that we bring glory to God.  He is so great, so awesome, that even given all our choices, the strength of our desire to please self, we can choose to serve Him instead.  And to bring Himself more and more glory, it is not a one time decision, but a constant struggle.  That harder you successfully struggle to serve God, the more glory it brings Him.

I have told many people that the best way is almost never the easy way.  There are often more than one way to do a job, whether it be construction, car repair, computer programming, you name it.  The best way is never the easy way.  Bringing glory to God, not just “should be,” but has to be hard.

And yet 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us that we should be constantly doing the hard thing.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

That glory is not just from you either, Matthew 5:16 tells us that even others can glorify God because of our choice to serve Him.

So we were created for God’s glory, and we do that by serving Him, which is by extension, also why we were created.

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