Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Question's Phrasing

How can I glorify the Lord Jesus Christ today? Such a question sounds very pious. But the degree of piety actually depends on the attitude, motivation and emphasis of the  person asking the question.

All to frequently, I find myself asking it this way: "How can  I glorify the Lord?" Underneath that slightly more honest question lurks an even more insidious question. I want to know how I can show off my spirituality by doing something that appears to glorify Him (but actually draws attention to me). Sadly, I know how to frame words so that people can't see that I use Christ's glory as a platform to promote myself.

I could, with all truthfulness, say that everybody falls into this same trap. And nobody could argue that point...not if they looked at themselves honestly. All of us suffer with tainted motives steeped in self-centeredness, and it simply does no good to deny that we love to feed our egos. But my mother always said, "The fact that everyone else does it doesn't make it right."

Thankfully, Jesus Himself frees me from my sin of hypocrisy. I can't glorify Him from a pure heart, but He glorifies Himself by forgiving my sin and purifying my heart.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~~1 John 1:9 (ESV)
He then shifts the emphasis back to Himself, where it rightfully belongs. He helps me  rephrase my question, so that I ask, "How can the Lord Jesus Christ glorify Himself though me?"

1 comment:

  1. You said exactly what I struggle with every day! So true, DebbieLynne. It is Christ who lives in me to do righteously. He gets all the credit. What can I do of myself? Where did I get the ability to do anything at all? Did I have the ability to cause my mom to conceive me and give birth to me? Where do I get my every breath from? Who causes my heart to continue to go on beating? I cannot do even these, so how is it that I want to get all the credit and recognition for the rest of anything I'm able to accomplish?

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