Do you ever think about God’s glory when you’re mopping up spilled chocolate milk under the kitchen table? How about when you’re speed walking down the supermarket aisles throwing items into your cart because everyone at home is waiting for dinner, and you’re running late? I bet you don’t really think about God’s glory when you’re changing lanes on the freeway or helping a child with homework.
I don’t either.
In the rush of life, it’s easy to lose sight of our purpose:
God created us to live for his glory.
Recently I had the chance to hear a fiery preacher challenge us to a higher vision of life: to live each day for God’s glory.
He said our mission is this:
And the reason behind it is this:
It sounded good, but I thought glorifying God was for Billy Graham and missionaries in Africa. What does my ordinary life have to do with God’s magnificent splendor?
Life can cloud our vision. The mundane, the chaotic, the phone calls, the lesson plans, the meal plans, and the laundry. Our vision of a magnificent God who has called us to glorify Him through our words and actions gets blurred. We lose sight of our calling.
Just like my daughter. Last month we had her vision tested and found out her glasses were way out of sync with her eyes. The girl could hardly see. Since her eyesight had changed gradually, she hadn’t noticed. She needed a new prescription.
We need a new prescription on our glory glasses.
We need a renewed vision of our great and glorious God and His purpose for us. God created us to live for His glory. He has a majestic plan for us to magnify Him in our everyday lives.
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31b
Our Lives Declare God’s Glory When We’re Faithful in the Little Things
A job well done testifies to the greatness of our Creator when we do it for Him. Time spent laughing with your kids and the kiss you plant on your daughter’s sweet face reflect His love. And the spilled chocolate milk? Another opportunity to serve and glorify God if you do it with a servant attitude.
We glorify God When We Cultivate Contentment
Grateful hearts that lift up thanks honor God. Appreciation for our loved ones and contentment with our possessions bring Him glory. John Piper says it best: “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him.”
We Magnify God When We Make Him Known
When we offer to pray for a co-worker, invite a friend to church, and share our good news, we fulfill our purpose. When we pray for the lost, support those working overseas, or serve the hurting in our cities, we participate in God’s mission to be glorified throughout the earth.
If you’re anything like me, you might need a new prescription on your glory glasses, so you can see God and His purpose for you more clearly. Will you join me in praying these two prayers?
- “God, show me your glory. I need a bigger picture of You.”
- “How can I honor you today?”
Now it’s your turn: Does your vision ever get cloudy?