Glory to God Alone

“And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)—when you believed in Christ—you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13–14).

Glory and honor and praise is God’s due. I don’t know of any Christian who thinks otherwise. And yet, neglecting to give glory and honor and praise to God is the core human insubordination. Even Christians, with renewed hearts, often have some difficulty giving glory to God alone.

Scripture tells us that the human condition is dire, precisely because we naturally exchange God’s glory for a lesser object of praise among created things (Rom. 1:22-23). The most painful reality is, humans always glorify and praise something or someone. Often, however, we give our praise to undeserving created things; and this leaves us feeling unsatisfied and disappointed.

God alone is supremely glorious, and we are most full of delight and joy when we are glorifying Him. Because God is glorious beyond measure, He can satisfy our eager attention. Considering more of God’s works, knowing more of God’s attributes, and more intensely pondering God’s nature will always stir greater amazement and affection.

All glory to God alone. SDG

Seeking Glory

“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44)

Everyone seeks glory.

Not everyone seeks glory in the same way, but everyone does seek it. Sit around a coffee table with some men, and you will hear tales of big fish, hunting elusive game, wealth acquisition, philanthropic endeavors, and a host of other things. Listen to a few women talk, and you will hear them compare themselves and others in a way that demonstrates a longing for approval from someone.

The Bible cuts to the heart of those deepest longings within us, and it exposes the truly sinister nature of fallen sinful humanity. Our glory-seeking is malfunctioning, and we long for a glory that cannot come from the ones through whom we often pursue it. In fact, Jesus says that our malfunctioning glory-seeking makes us resistant to the glory that comes only from God.

Only when someone comes to see temporary glory for what it is can that person then receive the true and lasting glory, which God gives to all those in Christ. Everyone seeks glory, but only those who seek Christ’s glory and not their own will experience the glory that only comes from God.

May God help us come to the end of ourselves, and may He graciously grant that we would seek and find that glory He gives through Christ.