Living out God’s Glory
How does this play out? We should first define His glory. Only by defining it can we hope to reflect it. A simple way to look at it is to understand that God’s glory is the going public of his holiness. Isaiah 6:3 the seraphim are flying around God’s thrown and calling out, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts.” You would expect the next part to say “the whole earth is full of his holiness,” but it doesn’t it says, “the whole earth is full of his glory!” The going public of his holiness comes to us as his glory. God is completely other in every way, that is what holiness means. But to take it a step further that means, God is completely loving, righteous, just, God is all powerful, all good, and the most precious and valuable thing. In all his characteristics and attributes he is in a category all by himself. So what does it look like for us to display those qualities?
We show His Bigness (Power)
We know that God is all powerful and He is all loving. This means we can trust him in everything. We don’t have to be afraid, no matter what comes our way. No matter the hardship or adversity we have complete trust because God is bigger more powerful than anything that stands in our way. When we display our trust in God’s power to handle our situations we are praising Him and reflecting His glory.
We show His Goodness (Perfect)
We show his goodness and mercy by giving mercy to others, even when they don’t deserve it. We strive for moral perfection in every circumstance. There is a saying that goes something like, “It’s not wrong if you don’t get caught.” We have a mentality that says if people don’t see you do it then it’s not wrong. However, we try to reflect his glory in any and every situation whether people see us or not.
We show His Valuable (Precious)
I think to the recent tragedies we have had where people have lost so much. I can’t imagine what that is like and I hope none of us are in that situation. And those who have lost everything have every right to grieve and they should grieve. However, when we lose everything of value to us and after we grieve we should still consider ourselves the most blessed of all people because we have Jesus and he is the most valuable thing. We should still consider ourselves incredibly rich.
And so our mindset is we ask how can this situation glorify God, when I’m doing good how can I glorify God? When something bad happens how do I glorify God? It is so easy to become me focused, why did this happen to me, why didn’t God take care of me, what did I do to deserve this? But these are the completely wrong questions. The question is, how can this opportunity be used to glorify God and make him look good? At work how to I glorify God? With that annoying co-worker or out of control boss or with my clients, the question is not how do I move up, make more money, beat out the competition, it is how do I make God look good, this is the only question that matters.
This is the fundamental problem because we are selfish, self-seeking, self-focused creatures. Babies are the most selfish creatures that exist. I don’t say this as a bad thing, it is just a fact. At the time a baby is born all it does is think about meeting its own needs. I say this to say, this is who we are, this is how we are born. And from when we are a baby we must spend the rest of our life taking the focus off of ourselves, taking the concern off of our needs and directing it toward God. This means that God is not and cannot be on the periphery of our life. He is the center, he is the core, he is what drives, motivates and focusses us. To God be the Glory!