I was watching my youngest son’s team (the Razorbacks, by the way. Woo Pig Sooie!!) play soccer this past weekend. During the course of the game, one of the kids fell down on the way toward scoring a goal. As the game moved beyond him while he lay there on the ground, a teammate stopped to see that he was okay and gave him a hand in getting to his feet.
It made me think about how often I don’t do that; how often I don’t stop when I might otherwise notice someone who needs a hand; more to the point, how I don’t glorify God. On the path to whatever “goal” I am pursuing at any given time, I often focus too much on where I think I need to be to “score” my next point in this life only to neglect Jesus’ commandment to love my neighbor.
We were made in the image of God (imago Dei) and our lives should reflect God’s glory. Everything we do, Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 10:31, we should do for the glory of God. In every action we take, we have the opportunity to either glorify God or not to glorify him. If you are like me, you need a regular reminder that we aren’t here to achieve our own selfish goals. We are immortal beings with a higher purpose.
We exist for God. Fulfilling our purpose means that we live our lives in him and through him. As a result, God is glorified through us as we glorify him. Additionally, since this is our reason for existence, it is in this type of life and this only where we find ultimate joy, peace, and fulfillment.
I pray that we would slow down more often and ask that God help us to glorify him in our lives, that we would seek out those who need our help rather than dash past them with our eyes fixed elsewhere. Lord, give us the eyes of Jesus. May the Holy Spirit guide our decisions such that we would pause to help the teammate on the soccer field, the colleague at work, the homeless woman on D Street…May we glorify You in everything we do.
So, all this talk about glorifying God may have you asking, “So just what does that actually mean?” “How can I apply this otherwise ‘bumper sticker’ Christian saying in my day-to-day life?” I have included a link below to a good blog article on the topic that is well worth your time and consideration. In a nutshell, though, ask yourself these questions in any applicable situation:
1) Do my attitudes reflect God’s priorities or my own.
2) Are my actions more likely to enhance my own reputation or God’s.
3) Do my conversations build up others or does “corrupting talk” (Eph 4:29) come out of my mouth.
“What does it mean to glorify God? By Eric Bargerhuff, available at