Giving God the glory He deserves.
God loves the praise of His people. Yet, there is a greater form of praising Him that goes beyond raising our hands and hearts as we sing. It’s a way of living. Did you know that we can actually glorify God with our lives by completely laying them on the altar? When we first encounter Christ, we often don’t realize that He wants us to follow Him by denying ourselves. Each disciple left everything when one by one they chose to follow Jesus. It cost them what they held most dear but it was truly worth it! They gained so much more than they lost and it’s the same with us today.
In my own life, I’ve encountered countless situations where God was calling me to lose everything for His sake. Especially the things I was holding on to the most- my pride, my right, my comfort. Yet, He is the God that divinely orchestrates our lives and allows everything for a reason. He is calling all of us to bring Him the highest of praise by paying the price of following Him no matter how much it costs us. It requires every bit of our will as we submit to His leading. God is most glorified when we allow Him to work out the fullness of His will in our lives, which means dying to our own will daily. Maybe you are finding yourself in situations that seem to be trying the very fiber of your being. Don’t lose heart, it is often the hardest things in life that God uses to accomplish His greatest purposes!
I know this is very countercultural, even among the Christian circle. It is not an easy message for us to digest but it is what Christ displayed through His own life and He is calling us to follow His blessed example. He laid down His very life and embraced the least honored place, thus painting for us an example we are called to follow. We sometimes fear that if we will lay everything on the altar before God, we will lose it all, but in truth, we are actually gaining more than we could ever imagine. Matthew 16:25 (esv) tells us, For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Denying ourselves is not easy. It is God who works it out in us as we allow Him to do it. May our lives bring God the highest of praise as we lay them on the altar before Him!