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Whom Do You Glorify?

by on August 29, 2017

There is a banner that hangs in the chapel at camp that asks the question, “whom do you glorify?” It doesn’t hang from the front, it doesn’t hang from the side, it is right above the doorway for you to see when you are walking out. This question can seem like an easy answer for me sometimes…”well, I glorify God.” When I worship through song, I am glorifying. When I am spending quality time with my housemates, I am glorifying. When I am volunteering in the youth ministry, I am glorifying. I would even say that I am glorifying when I am meandering through the isles of the grocery store looking for those doggone marshmallows that are never in the isle I think they will be in. (they’re in the ice cream & toppings isle by the way..because that’s a logical place for them to be.) We are taught that everything we do can be done for the glory of God. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” 1st. Corinthians 10:31 That’s GREAT!

But are we willing to ask Him to give us opportunities to glorify Him outside of our normal routines?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” -Colossians 3:23-24

We believe the truth, and rightly so, that anything we do in life has the potential to bring honor and glory to our Creator, Lord and Savior. But there can also become this false sense of assurance when reading Paul’s command in Colossians that there is not a high urgency to stretch outside of our everyday routine. What we are already doing from day to day is good enough. There’s no need to look for more ways. The way we live out our busy lives is bringing enough glory. But is it? Were we called to a life of comfort, of saying, “it’s good enough” or to an ever changing life that is to be continually transformed? OF COURSE we have been called to an ever changing life that is to be transformed! And how wonderful and terrifying is that?! Think of the ministry that can come if we are willing to look outside of our everyday routines to serve God! Think of all the growth and possibilities that can come from just being willing, not to mention the joy and contentment that will reside within our lives if we are seeking first and foremost to bring His name glory!

I first read this banner as a 6th grader, ready and excited for a life of service and dedication to following after God and I am still reading it today as an adult, being reminded and challenged to walk out of those doors with the same mindset I had as a youth, excited for what was to come, and to ask for opportunities, whether easy or hard, to serve Him.

So here’s my challenge to you: Start reminding yourself that everything you do, whether work or school or daily tasks, these things can bring glory to God. For those of you who are already living life with this mindset, good for you! Now start to look for ways to bring Him glory outside of your day to day routines. Don’t worry, He will give you plenty of opportunities.

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