Giving God The Glory—Selected Texts
As Christians, we know from the Bible that God wants us to give him the glory and no one or nothing else. In Isaiah, we read,
9 For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, And for my praise will I refrain for thee, That I cut thee not off. 10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: For how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another. (Isaiah 48:9–11)
We who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ want to glorify God in our lives. Of course, we should avoid worshiping modern-day idols like money, entertainment, drugs and so forth, but glorifying God is more than not doing certain things. There are also positive things that we should be doing—and those are what we’ll be looking at in this lesson. We’ll look at seven ways (and there are more) that we can glorify God.
In 2 Corinthians 5, we find one of those famous, oft-memorized verses:
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Have you ever thought really hard about that verse? It says that a Christian is a new creature (meaning, creation) and all things about him or her have become new. If that’s true, then why do we often seem to live by the old ways so much? What does it mean that a Christian is new? Is it like a used car or a refurbished smart phone? New to you, but still a little old?
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Romans 8:14–16)
This text is a key text in the battle against insecurity in our lives. We’ll come back to it in awhile. First, let’s clarify what is meant by insecurity. The insecurity we’ll be talking about is the fear of being rejected or disapproved of by others, of having a lack of self-confidence, of thinking yourself to be inferior.
• Raise your hand if you have ever struggled with feelings of insecurity.
• Raise your hand if you’re feeling too insecure to raise your hand.
What does an insecure person look like? In some regards, it can be confusing. An insecure person might be loud and bold, or quiet and shy. They might be a person who is always doing daring things, or a person who never takes risks. They might be a person who constantly seeks attention, or a person who tries not to get any attention. They might be a person who constantly talks or a person who doesn’t say much.
Insecurity is a form of fear and has a lot to do with how a person perceives how they look to other people. They have a lack of confidence about themselves. They care too much about what others think about them.
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:37–39)
The story is told of a man crawling through the Sahara desert, thirsty and desperate for water. Another man, riding a camel, appears out of nowhere and approaches him. The thirsty man, his lips parched, whispers, “Water…please…can you give me water?”