It’s something we all hope for, we all seek, and something that is dangerous to bring upon ourselves. You guessed it–glory. (But you probably only got it because it’s in the title). Though it is an everlasting want, all that “glory” is what man thinks of you, not God. Yes, pride often springs up when Christians take the kingdom’s victories as their own, and for their own glory. God gains glory through us in all kinds of ways, though, like such victories. Perhaps by doing miracles and showing people that he is real, like healing people from a disease or suddenly stopping a forest fire for example. Or, perhaps, crashing an entire sea on top of an incoming Egyptian army, maybe?
“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.” Exodus 14:4
Miracles are a tool God uses to show his might and power. They also may help us to show people his light. Outside of miracles, God can also show his glory in us. We must give glory to God by answering his call. When we do this, we can bring him the glory of our success. God does great things in our lives for a number of reasons: to guide others, to save the unreached, or to bless his followers–but all of these things may bring him glory.
The jaws of sin (see Jaws) eat away at our faith and keep us from giving glory to God. So when we get too involved in our sin and in our own glory then we can’s serve God’s purpose and give him the glory.
When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 7:3
The glory of God will fill our lives when we worship God, serve God, and put him first. Everything we do should be for his glory. All the things in our lives we have to do and remember to be truly “pious” Christians are really for this single purpose.
Due to God’s unfailing love we are totally in his debt, but because of that love, all that he asks for is the glory of answering his call.