Thursday, May 22, 2014

Soli Deo Gloria!!

Since the last post about doing hard things was such a hit, I thought I would go deeper into this subject.  I am going to focus on what I think is the single most important thing about doing hard things.  Something that is avoided too much in our culture...
Giving God all the glory!
Too often are we faced with "Do I really need to mention God?" or "I deserve a little praise.",  But do we really grasp what we are saying?  We are telling ourselves that you and I are more important than God...  GOD.  The God who created the universe, who knows EVERY SINGLE LITTLE STAR by name, and who knows how far the East is from the West.  The God who put you here on this earth to glorify Him, and who has power over your life and death.  The God who deserves every bit of praise this world could ever give. 

Have you ever heard the saying "Soli Deo Gloria!"?
Many people say it, yet not very many people understand it.  It means For The Glory Of God Alone..
Did you get that?  Whatever you do, say, hear, read, and even wear... it should be done all for the glory of God.
We were not put on this Earth to get glory for ourselves...
Catechism 101:
What is the chief end of man?
Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
What have we to gain for keeping the glory?  Sure you will feel good for a few minutes, but is it really worth it?  Is it really that hard to thank God for something HE did in you life?
Even the trials.

I would like to give you a scenario.
Say you are in Israel anywhere from 36 A.D. to, I don't know, 70 A.D.
You had been an eyewitness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  You SAW him.
There are guards and officials everywhere, trained to kill, beat or imprison anyone who mutters the name of Jesus. 
Yet you STILL keep spreading the word that the Messiah had risen.  You write it down so that future generations would know this truth.  Sure you are putting yourself at the top of the list called Persecution, but you still persist having full trust in God.

Would this be you? 

Our generation has become weak.  Weak in professing our faith.  Weak in sharing the gospel.  Weak in helping others live a life for Christ.
Weak.
Not only do we not shout from the rooftops all that the Lord has done, we won't even allow glory in the secret places of our heart.

Instead the world has taken a mindset of "Me".  Every man for himself....What can I get out of it?  Who do I need to know to get what I want?
If you think about it, we are accepting as human beings, as Christians, An evolutionary mindset.  I believe Charles Darwin stated this as "Survival of the Fittest".

So do you want to be an "evolutionary christian", a christian that isn't valid in the serving of God?  Because it is very easy to fall into that category.  A carnal christian...conforming to this world.  Living the life of your choice and slapping a Jesus label on it when it is convenient.  One of the simplest ways to fall is by taking shortcuts, by not giving God the glory just because "It takes to much time" or thinking "I did the work, I deserve everything I have."
We so easily forget.
We were dead, some still dead.
We need a reformation!!
Instead of conforming, becoming politically correct or evolving our walk to fit our modern world (God is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever after all), we need to get back to the basics.
It's all about God.

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God; Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (1CO 10:31; 1PE 4:11; REV 1:6; 2PE 3:1; EPH 3:21; REV 7:12; ROM 11:36)

I have one simple question for you (and myself):
How is my life bringing glory to God?
"Whatever you do, do ALL to the Glory of God."




2 comments:

  1. Great post! We are suppose to carry Christ on our backs into the cities and countries. Imagine if the donkey that carried Christ into Jerusalem lifted his head and thought, "All these people are cheering for me!"

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  2. This is a great post! I stumbled upon your blog the other day and I do have to say, it has pointed me to living for Christ, NOT myself.

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