This morning I was struck by this thought from p. 57-58 of Rick Warren's book, "What On Earth Am I Here For? The Purpose Driven Life."
He writes: "In the entire universe, only 2 of God's creations fail to bring glory to him: fallen angels (demons) and us (people). All sin at its root is falling to give God glory. Its loving anything else more than God. Refusing to bring God glory is prideful rebellion, and it is the sin that caused Satan's fall--and ours too. Gratitude and honor should infuse everything I do. In different ways we have all lived for our own glory, not God's. The Bible says, 'All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)."
Although I've known this scripture for years, I have focus on the "All have sinned" part, and have not concentrated on the "glory of God" part. I say it like this.."All of us have not lived up to our own standards let alone that of a Holy God."
But this is a profound thought Pastor Rick illuminates: Yes, sin is failing to give God glory for who He is and what He has done, therefore, I want to reflect his glory in every part of my life. It's a refocusing or redirction of thought...Don't just honor God in a worship service or in a sacred moment. Paul said, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
I've been trying this week to cultivate the right attitude and right motivation in everything. Does this cause me to trust Him more? Does this reflect gratitude to Him? Does this silence my tongue? Does this make me healthier so my body reflects God's glory?
The right attitude is ‘I do it out of gratitude.’ The right motivation is ‘I do it to honor God.’