Upon being congratulated for something, sometimes I hear people saying, “I give God the glory.”
It is good to give God the glory, but somehow it can have a shallow ring to it. It’s certainly true that He should get the glory, but God reads our hearts and He knows if deep down we really mean it. Or are we really saying, in our heart of hearts, “Yes, I really did do something, but I’ll choose to give the glory to God?”
Or, does “Giving God the glory” only become meaningful when we have had many successes? Judy and I have had a happy marriage for 50 years and we’ve seen the anointing of God on so much we have been involved in during 40 years of ministry such as churches planted and the faith growing in our city. I’ve been a respected seminary teacher for 35 years and am known by many people as a Christian leader.
I may say that I can’t take any glory for these things, that they have only occurred because of the grace of God. But even saying, “I give God the glory” for all these blessings would still sound shallow, because it implies that I had something to do with these things and that somewhere, down underneath, I did something good.
Really giving God all the glory only becomes meaningful when I have nothing to offer.
In my church a few weeks ago, I was sitting next to a man who had done nothing but mess up family and friends with a life of drugs and debauchery for 30 years, but now is two weeks old in Christ. I sat next to him and both of us cried our way through the service, singing:
Something beautiful, something good,
All my confusion – He understood...
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life.
I found I was not crying just because the song is true of this struggling new believer. I was crying because the whole song was and is true of me as well. When I come to this place and then give God the glory, it finally means something.