America is still the country where if you work hard you can succeed. That principle actually comes from (you guessed it) the Bible. But what if I told you that the reason you have the money, possessions, happiness, success, etc. is not because of you’re hard work?
What’s glory? Dictionary.com defines it as “very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent;” or “something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; adistinguished ornament or an object of pride.”
Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible shows the word as meaning “honor, beauty, adornment, and weight and heaviness.”
My layman’s summery would be to express and bring honor and recognition to someone or something.
God wants to bless His children. But ultimately He does this to bring glory to Himself. This might sound selfish, but the fact is He’s God, and we’re His creation. What is the clay to question the potter?
Israel is promised peace, great blessing, and the submission of all their enemies one day (Isaiah 60:1-6,14-16). At the end of it all God explains the reason is so they “shall know that I, the LORD, and your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Still don’t believe me? Take it from one of the most famous kings of all time, King David. When gathering supplies for Israel’s first temple from everyone’s own resources, he said, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.” (1 Chronicles 29:14, ESV)
As missionaries with Word of Life to Poland, that’s how we view the blessings and finances of the world, including our own. It doesn’t matter who owns it, it all belongs to God. As we raise support and gain new Support Partners, we know it’s all because of our God. Instead of patting ourselves on the back for all the work we’ve done, we’ll give credit to the Lord.
“Ultimately, all we have is from God, because of God, and for God’s glory.”
God promises reward to hard workers. But even that reward, which belongs to God anyways, is to bring Him glory. So whatever field you’re in, no matter your company, your job, position, location, or responsibilities, make sure it all gives glory to God.