THE GLORY OF GOD
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
-John Piper, Desiring God
Read Philippians 4:19-20.
The Word of God continually guides each of us to our ultimate purpose in life. Do you know what yours is? Let me be so bold as to reveal my purpose, your purpose, and the church’s purpose: to bring glory to God.
Paul seems to end all his letters with “to our God and Father be the glory.” If you have ever struggled with the question of how-to bring God glory, it is possible that you may have come to the wrong conclusion. We tend to think that it is our actions—our accomplishments—that bring God glory. Doesn’t God glory in our winning record and our great deeds done? Wrong! Bringing glory to God begins with your attitude, not your actions. The attitude of your heart trumps what you accomplish with your hands.
If I want to bring glory to my wife on her birthday and I buy her flowers, that’s not a bad start. If I meet her at the door with roses and say, “It’s your birthday, and I knew if I didn’t buy you flowers, I would pay for it for months,” you can see where the attitude would ruin the action! Suppose instead, I met her at the door, obviously overwhelmed with the fact that I am the most blessed man alive because I am married to this woman. This time I tell her, “These flowers are an expression of the delight I have in you. My feelings are so strong that I had no choice but to find a way to convey to you that you are the most wonderful woman on the planet, and I am the most blessed man. I don’t want to be with anyone else; you are my life. Happy birthday!”
One approach is out of duty while the second comes from delight. Notice the quote again from above: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” We try to find satisfaction in things or earthly relationships, only to find hurt and emptiness. The remarkable promise of Philippians 4:19 states, “My God will meet all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” You can have a relationship with the God of unlimited resources, and He is committed to meet all your needs.
How will you bring glory to God today? Will you find a new way to delight yourself in Him? Pray that our church develops such love and delight in God that it spills out in our every meeting and encounter with each other.