So often I hear people say that they are doing things for “the glory of God”. It almost seems like a tag line that’s like salt sprinkled over every meal served up in the church today. So and so did this thing “for the glory of God.” This or that person gave such and such amount of money “for the glory of God”. Sister Buttermilk DeMilo worked at the church from sun up until sun down only taking a 20 minute break so the church could be ready for our ice cream social “for the glory of God”.
What’s confusing to me about these grand testimonies are when these church “rock-stars” seem only to be the grand servant when they are responsible for the program or event. Perhaps someone gave $10k for the building fund but it was only because they wanted to name the lobby in their honor. How about the ice cream social planner being the one that worked from sun up to sun down because they felt the regular cleaning crew wasn’t going to clean to their specifications?
We are supposed to do all for the glory of God (Colossians 3:17). If what we do, we say we do for the glory of God, but our true motive is to get some recognition, particular advantage or benefit, then we ourselves have become the “God” of which we speak because the benefit or “glory” comes to us.
God has particular feelings about this behavior! He even wrote a commandment about it (Exodus 20:3-5) and there’s a famous story about Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) in the New Testament. Please, please, please examine yourself before you say that you did something “for the glory of God.” His word says he won’t share his glory with another. If you examined all of your works are there any efforts that you would honestly have to confess TO GOD and say, I am NOT God and I repent of ever trying to take your glory for myself?
There’s hope because he’s faithful and just to forgive us our sins if we ask (1 John 1:9). Some years ago, I found a work that I had not truly done for God. I mean, I did it for the church but secretly I wanted to be loved and accepted because I worked so hard on it. Guess what? The love level didn’t change one bit. If anything, it furthered the feelings of negativity that I was experiencing. I repented to God for doing that for the “love” of men and you know what? He forgave me and that is NOT how I operate anymore! He also freed me from seeking men’s approval, but that’s for another day…
Finally, I am NOT God, I only work for him to get glory - Peace