Our church recently showed a video about a woman we support, who works on “Mercy Ships,” an incredible ministry that brings medical help to thousands of people who are too poor to pay for medical treatment.
Also, not long ago, a missionary couple sponsored by our church spoke on the work they are doing in Asia to reach those who have never heard the Gospel.
When I see the incredible sacrifices people make to advance the kingdom of God, and the incredible fruit they bear, I can be tempted to feel worthless, like I’m doing nothing for God. Most of us can think at times, ‘What am I doing for God? I just go to work every day at this boring job. I’m working in a warehouse, unpacking boxes. Or I’m just staying at home almost every day tending to this one year old.’
Satan wants to discourage us in any way he can. He tries to get us to compare ourselves with others. He tells us we aren’t making any difference to anyone. If he couldn’t stop Jesus from saving us, he wants to rob us of our joy in Jesus by condemning us. He is the “accuser of the brethren.”
I believe that most believers bring glory to God in many ways they aren’t even aware of. I hope this post will encourage you!
Remember the widow’s mite?
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
I can imagine the widow thinking, “What am I giving? Nothing compared to what everyone else is giving.” She may have even felt ashamed at her “meager” offering. But that’s not how God views our “tiny” acts of service or obedience or giving.
Remember God is a God who created “seeds,” and who encourages us to sow seeds – tiny acts of obedience or love or faith – which will in time produce a “harvest.”
He tells us in Psalm 126:5-6
Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
When we “sow in tears” it doesn’t feel powerful. It may be a prayer for an unsaved child we grieve about. That prayer, that “seed” doesn’t feel great or glorious. I know, for I have often felt like my prayers are so very weak. Yet I have to trust God’s word that someday they will produce a glorious harvest.
Here are a few ways you may be bringing glory to God, that you don’t feel are anything great.
Do you love/serve your family or your friends?
Do you play catch with your daughter? Do you read a story to your kids before bed? Do you ever clean up the kitchen for your wife? You may not feel like you are doing much to glorify God, but you are.
Do you go to work every day?
Do you lay down asphalt on a highway? Or do dishes in a restaurant? Or sit in front of a computer screen all day? Or do any other mundane job? Here’s a Scripture to encourage you:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
Paul wrote this to slaves who were believers. They could have felt worthless. But Paul reminded them they would receive a reward for working “as for the Lord and not for men” and that they weren’t ultimately serving earthly masters but they were “serving the Lord Christ.”
Do you believe God’s word, even when you can’t see how he will answer?
When you do, you bring glory to God, as Abraham did when God promised that he would have a son in his old age:
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20-21
Abraham’s faith “gave glory to God.” When we trust God and believe his word, even when we don’t see how God could do it, we bring him glory. Are you trusting God’s promises for you? Trusting he will provide for you? Trusting he will lead and guide you? Trusting he has a plan for your life? Then you are bringing him glory. Along these lines…
Do you trust Jesus in hard times?
Or when you are sick? At times I have told people, “You are bringing glory to God by the way you are going through this affliction and you continue to trust him.” Trusting God in hard times glorifies him. You may not feel like you are glorifying God but you are.
Do you pray?
The very fact that we pray and ask God for help or to meet our needs glorifies him. Because by praying we acknowledge that he is the one who can answer prayer. That he is in control. That he is a God who cares for you. That he is able to supply all our needs. And this brings him glory.
Are you part of a church?
Week after week, you go to church, you worship with God’s people, you listen to his word preached, you go to your fellowship group, you join others in talking about God’s word, and you pray with God’s people. These things rarely feel “glorious.” Psalm 133:1 says,
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
It is good and pleasant for us when we meet with others, but it also brings glory to God!
When we meet together with others, it doesn’t feel particularly glorious. But when God’s people meet together, bear with each other, love each other, and encourage each other, it brings glory to God!
Do you give to the church and/or the poor?
That glorifies God. As the widow who gave her two coins glorified God, so do we when we give.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17.
And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:37-40
What a great picture we see in Matthew 25. Even welcoming a stranger brings glory to God. But the great thing about this passage is that God’s people didn’t feel like they were doing anything great in their small acts of kindness. Yet Jesus said, “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:37-40
If you feel, as I do at times, like you are doing little to glorify God, pray!
Ask him to help you bring glory to him. Ask him to lead you and guide you. He promises he will:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
God desires that you bring glory to him even more than you do! It is his will for your life that you bring him glory. And you probably are in many ways you are not even aware of. The very fact that you desire to glorify him brings him glory.
I hope this post has encouraged you. If there are other ways God’s people bring him glory, please mention them in the comments. Thanks!