Someone once said that God doesn't share His glory. I immediately thought of Moses asking God to show him His glory and God put him in the cleft of a rock and allowed him to see His backside.
That is both terrifying and a little bit funny to me. Terrifying that Moses, chosen by God, who spoke with God mouth to mouth, could not see God's full glory. And funny because God showed him His backside as He walked away. It just strikes me as amusing. Okay… so, I have a weird sense of humor.
On to counting the ways to glorify God…
According to Scripture… Romans 4:20 and did not stagger by unbelief at the promise of God, but was empowered by faith, giving glory to God, Our faith gives glory to God.
Psalm 50:23 Whoever offers thanks glorifies Me; and he who prepares a way, I will show the salvation of God to him. Our praises and thanksgivings give glory to God.
John 21:19 But He said this signifying by what death he would glorify God. And having said this, He told him, Follow Me. Jesus told Peter how His death would glorify God. I believe it was Jesus’ obedience that also glorified God. By our own obedience, we glorify God reflecting Him to the world.
1 Corinthians 10:31 Then whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all things to the glory of God. 32Be without offense both to Jews and Greeks, and to the assembly of God. 33Even as I also please all in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, that they may be saved. What ever we do, we are to do it to glorify God. I'm thinking that if we had this at the forefront of our minds the instant we wake up, our day would probably be different, and at the end of the day, we would have much to be thankful for, and many more would be saved. Come on now, you know I'm right about this.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 For which we also continually pray concerning you, that our God would deem you worthy of the calling, and would fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and work of faith in power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here we see two things… Continuous prayer of the saints for their brethren; and worthy of the calling on purpose of God's good pleasure. This tells me our good purpose is impossible to do under our own energy and own will. We must have prayer over us so that we can do those works that God has called us to do which brings Him glory. Intercessory prayer is a must, not an option or a suggestion. How easy it is to pray for those that we love, and how hard it is to pray for those who intend us harm. I read a story today in the forums. A man was told to pray for one who was doing him great harm. It was hard other than the “God please bless so and so.” Then God got in his face and told him to pray as fervently and earnestly for this guy as he prayed for himself. Ouch! What a toe stumper that is. Years later this man saw the one who he was commanded to pray for and the guy told him what a witness for Jesus he had been. That brought God great glory.
Which brings me to this: allowing God to work through us brings Jesus glory and glory to God. John 15:8 In this My Father is glorified, that you should bear much fruit; and you will be My disciples. The work of our hands brings God glory. The fruit of the harvest brings God glory. Astounding.
1 Peter 4:16 But if one suffers as a Christian, do not let him be ashamed, but to glorify God in this respect. Our trials and tribulations bring God glory. In this we should rejoice. I knew it was good if we suffered for Jesus sake, but I did not know that it brought Him glory. Astounding.
Somehow, that makes all this trouble that is common to man seem like a very good thing. Anyone care to rejoice with me? Rejoice, rejoice and again I say rejoice. If only I could remember all this when I’m struggling in those trials and tribs…