“Our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen”.
Gal 1:4, 5 NIV
We often witness glory on a human level. A sportsman wins a big event and he is photographed, interviewed and praised. And nowadays there is usually a big prize cheque for the winner. The centre of media attention, he basks “in the glory” of it all.
“God’s glory is seen in his character as Creator and Judge of human people, but most of all in his nature as Father of Christ and of Christians. The noun doxa (Greek for glory) is rooted in the verb dokeo which means ‘expect’, ‘think’, ‘suppose’, and ‘be reputed’. Not least of God’s glory is what his rational creatures think of him, and the estimation, repute and honour which they accord him. Paul’s doxology is far more than singing praise to God. When he said ‘Amen’ to it, he put into one word his faith in God’s grace through Christ, and praised God by living a life that caused others to form right ideas about him and accept Christ for themselves. He said ‘Amen’ with all the energy which made him God’s great ‘expendable’ in the service of the gospel” (R.T. Stamm, Interpreter’s Bible, Vol 10 p449).
The problem in the Christian faith is that we all want the glory for ourselves. We like to shine so that other people will notice us, praise us, and esteem us highly. Jesus took the form of a servant, renouncing the glory from which he had come. He is our model and pattern. We are called to do everything we do to the glory of God so that people will look to him and trust in him – not that they will admire us.
Lord, let me live and serve to your honour and glory.