I love reading. Each month, I consume thousands of fiction words. Over the last year or so, I’ve also increased my intake of non-fiction in addition to the Word, which has greatly blessed and challenged me. I also love the short quotes I find on social media, especially Twitter. The thoughts often inspire me, make me laugh, or cause me to pause and ponder.
Such was the case last evening as Kyle Idleman tweeted a quote that goes along with verse I read this morning (I love how God times these things!)
“You will never glory in God til first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.”- Charles Spurgeon.
Before the verse, let me share the definition search I went on.
Glory is public praise, honor, and fame. It is exalting or worshiping someone or something of distinction. ‘Glorying in’ is to rejoice proudly in something. Spurgeon made an excellent point. How can I truly worship, praise, and glory in God if I am also seeking recognition, praise and glory for myself. The two don’t mix. Yet a war wages within me for while I seek to glory God I also love too much the approval and applause of man.
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your Name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1
The fact that I read these words in Psalms with the repeated words of “not to us… not to us” tells me I am not alone in this struggle. May all who come this way today be challenged as I am to pause and take a good look at my state of being.
Lord, I don’t want to glory in me but You but my human nature is to seek the approval of others. Change me. Change my heart. Make me more Christ-like. Jesus never sought to exalt himself. He never looked for approval from others. Instead he lived to please his Father and always pointed the praise and glory to God. May I take on the attitude of Christ. Teach me, Spirit. Change me from the inside out. Remove the pride that stands as a barrier within me. May all the glory be to You, always! Amen