If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. -1 Peter 4:11
This past week my mind has gone back over the thought of glorifying God. And two thoughts have come back over in my mind again and again: magnifying and honoring.
Glorified: (Strongs NT 1392) to praise, extol, magnify, celebrate; to honour, do honour to, hold in honour; to make glorious, adorn with lustre, clothe with splendour. [i]
If you have ever been a student of the sciences you know the more you magnify anything the larger and clearer it becomes, but there is a down side: the more you magnify, the more apparent the faults become. The same holds true for us, if we try to glorify ourselves, the more we try to extol our own virtues and abilities the more apparent the faults in our lives becomes. The exception is God. Since He is perfect, the more we glorify Him, the more His beauty and perfection, His Holiness comes through. The question becomes how can man glorify God? The answer is in Peter 4:11
- In our speech, anything we say in the course of our day needs to be run through the filter of “will these words glorify my God?” or “will these words honor God?”
- In our ministering, realizing all we do for God on a day by day basis is only through the abilities he gives us. Knowing no truly good things comes from ourselves; it is a gift from above will help to keep us humble and working for Him.
- In all things: every action, idol though, attitude. How do we act at work? Do we do our jobs not just for the paycheck but as a ministry to the Lord, to honor and glorify Him with our attitudes and actions? Do we honor our Lord by the way we treat our family, friends, and strangers we meet in our day to day actions? Sometimes we need stop and think.
If we are not here to bring glory to God, then why are we here? I can think of no higher calling in our day to day actions and if our goal is to please God, stopping to glorify Him will bring that about as a natural side product. We will be more obedient and more winsome saints, leading others in the way of the Master because simply the world will see something different in us and when we speak of Him whom we love, they will be more likely to listen.
Just a little something to think about.
[i] Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for doxazō (Strong’s 1392)”. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2007. 1 Nov 2007. < http:// cf.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1392&Version=kjv >