God gets the glory!!!

Who wouldn't want to give the glory to such an awesome God?

Amidst all the various efforts we put forth into reaching our accomplishments there is nothing we can accomplish without God. No matter how many beads of sweat fall from a fatigued countenance, it is not one’s work alone that yields success.

For the unbeliever, this is a tough pill to swallow—one who does not believe in God naturally would seek to take all the credit. Christians glory in this fact, however, knowing that God works through us supernaturally to perform “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20/KJV).

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 declares, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”

In this passage of Scripture, God is preparing the ever-enduring children of Israel to enter into a place of abundance. God assures them of success, but in the process tells them not to forget the hand that fed them.

Modern day Christians and the ancient Israelites actually are not that different. In fact, we have more in common than you may think. This is mostly because of our natural human proclivities that manifest themselves even in people of faith.

When times were rough for Israel in the wilderness, though they complained and grumbled quite often, it was hard for them to lose sight of God because they constantly had a need. Subsequently, in the wilderness times in our lives—marred by frustration and lack of understanding—we seek the Lord as the only one who can supply all of our needs.

Much like God did for Israel during their desert season, God uses these times in our lives to humble us. It is in the midst of uncomfortable hardship that we find a resting place on our knees, at the foot of God’s throne. There he teaches us that “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

However, we all have an inclination to be lax in times of comfort. This is what God warns Israel against before crossing into the Promised Land. In essence God says, “Though your hands will find great success, it is I who gives you the ability to succeed; not because you deserve it, but because my words that do not return void have established it.”

For redundancy sake, I would like to reiterate that we can do nothing without God. This fact transcends social status, economic potency and even belief, ringing true for Christians and non-Christians alike.

Proverbs 22:2 tells us, “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.” Furthermore, Job 34:14-15 offers this insight: “If it were his intention and he withdrew his spiritand breath, 15 all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.”

One’s acceptance of this truth does not determine whether God is indeed the God of the spirits of all mankind” (Numbers 27:16). God is God of all. On the most basic level we need God, because it is his breath that even allows us to function. Without him giving us health and strength there is no work of our hands!

Being a Christian means accepting these truths and acknowledging that God gets the glory! God does things according to his sovereign purpose and authority so that “no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:29/KJV).

As Christ’s Church, we are all included in this equation. No matter what our hands find to do or the achievements we amass, we “do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

Incidentally, John the Baptist, when confronted by his disciples about Jesus’ competing ministry of baptizing, utters these words with profound simplicity: “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

It is the Lord’s prerogative what he decides to give us. Our job as believers is to position ourselves in order that we may receive.

First Corinthians 4:7, then, posits, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”

If everything we receive comes from God, there should be no reason to boast. Being boastful instead of thankful promotes an attitude of narcissism and self-aggrandizement unreflective of a relationship with God.

Colossians 3:5 implores, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”

God never condemns pursuing wealth. However, if in the pursuit we are consumed by the luster of the dollar and diminish his active role in our lives, we have slipped into idolatry.

Consequently, God says this to Israel in Deuteronomy 8:19: “If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them [engage in idolatry], I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.”

There are many things that we can make “gods” out of: money, success and even ourselves if we are not careful!

Acts 12:21-23 is an excellent illustration of self-idolatry. It reads:

On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

King Herod, to begin, was a Jew. He had a full awareness of the God of Heaven, his sovereignty and lordship. When he did not give God glory, he perished—rather violently at that.

It is my hope that we do not become so consumed with our achievements, our wealth or ourselves that we become prideful. After all, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

No matter what our hands achieve, we must always stay in a place of humility, “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).

Come what may, we must always be prepared to say, “The LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).

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~ by christianballenger on August 3, 2011.

6 Responses to “God gets the glory!!!”

  1. This was so much better the second time around! I had to reread it. This thing got me together and allowed to regain forcus on why I do what I do…….so that God can get the Glory!

  2. Where did you get that image?

  3. […] Remember, God isn’t asking you to be perfect, upright or blameless but He is asking for you to love him wholeheartedly (Mark 12:30). Being a “Christian” isn’t about your actions and words, it’s about Christ’s words and will being played out by the Body of Christ, a communal effort. You are glorifying God, not yourself. Don’t get down if you fail, you are broken but God is holy and righteous. If He resides in your heart, overpowering your weakness and selfishness, then you too may be seen as He is. Let Him be alive in You! So much so that your own inequity is invisible because He is so glorified. […]

  4. Wonderful GOD, Encouraging Word

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