Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)

This is post 5 in the series about the 5 Solas of the Protestant Reformation.  Previous posts…

  1. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  2. Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
  3. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  4. Solus Christus (Christ Alone)

We live in a culture of self-glorification.  People work their whole lives to gain glory through money, fame, achievement, politics, climbing the ladder, etc.   The problem of self-glorification exists in the church as well (the one place it shouldn’t exist).  It exists among pastors, elders, deacons, and the like.  I have always loved the following quote from John Piper…

“We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self. Indeed, what could be more ludicrous in a vast and glorious universe like this than a human being, on the speck called earth, standing in front of a mirror trying to find significance in his own self-image? It is a great sadness that this is the gospel of the modern world.”

What Is the Glory of God???

The glory of God is one of those things Christians talk about but can seem to really define.  Let me give you a few statements that describe (not define) the glory of God.  The glory of God is about…

  1. The reputation of God’s name (Malachi 1:11, 14)
  2. The loyalty of our hearts to God (Isaiah 42:8)
  3. The exaltation of Jesus in salvation (John 17:1-5)
  4. The exaltation of Jesus in the church (Ephesians 3:20-21)

How Can You Glorify God?

So, how does this work itself out in our lives?  How can you glorify God today?

  1. You glorify God by being saved.  (Isaiah 45:22, 43:25)
  2. You glorify God by making him look like he really looks. (2 Timothy 2:19)
  3. You glorify God by doing everything with God in focus. (1 Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:23)
  4. You glorify God by serving people. (1 Peter 4:10-11)

 

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