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The Glory Seeker

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASome of us might find it difficult to be around those who use whatever occasion or means they can to call attention to their own successes. Yet at the same time we can be blind to the endless, subtle, and ironic means by which we ourselves seek attention, affirmation, and praise.

Maybe it is because of this inclination that is rooted so deeply in our own insecurity and self-absorption that the Proverb says, “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth–a stranger, not your own lips” (Prov 27:2).

But how then do beings like us feel around a God who seems to exist for what we don’t like to see in others? The story of the Bible is that God wants to be the center of our attention. He wants to be exalted above everyone and everything else. He longs for our praise. Few thoughts are more important than that God does everything for his own glory (Isa 48:11). If godliness is all about reflecting the glory of God, and if God is so self-centered that he wants all of the praise, what is to keep our thoughts of him from causing us to be even more preoccupied with the notice, praise, and affirmation of others?

One answer seems to be that the root meaning of godliness doesn’t mean god-likeness as much as it does reverence for God. An even better answer may be that God’s glory in being for himself—is seen in the immeasurable extent that he is for us. In other words, the glory of God’s self-centeredness is not found in his self-absorption and neediness. His glory is his goodness. His goodness is his love. And nowhere is his love seen more clearly than in the eyes, face, life, suffering, and death of Christ for us (Heb 1:1-3).

In light then do you agree or disagree that few things define our view of life, ourselves, and others than what we think of the glory of God?

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26 Responses to “The Glory Seeker”

  1. foreverblessed says:

    When I was young, and in church, I would think that way, why does God want all that attention?
    It is not for Himself that He wants that attention, He does not need our devotion,
    Job 35:4-8

    4 ‘I would like to reply to you
    and to your friends with you.
    5 Look up at the heavens and see;
    gaze at the clouds so high above you.
    6 If you sin, how does that affect him?
    If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
    7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him,
    or what does he receive from your hand?
    8 Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself,
    and your righteousness only other people.

    So I totally agree with you, He knows that if our eyes are not fixed on Him, it will be on lesser things and will distort our view of what life really is all about: God’s immeasurable love for us in Jesus, and we will love Him in return, and I pray that it is like the love of Mary of Bethany, which we discussed a few topics ago.

  • refump says:

    I believe God created us not so He would have a being to praise Him & to worship Him, but created us to have a relationship with Him & to have a being of His creation to love & be loved. You can ask why did our parents give birth to us or why do we decide to have children. I think at the core of the the most pure reason would have to be the exchange of love. God is love & because of that He needed to create us so that He could express that love. Does love exist if it cannot be given to someone?
    The worship & praise to the glory of God is born out of that love relationship we have with God. It is not the cause but the effect.